The U.S. Senate has just passed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. However, its future in the House is unclear.
The Senate passed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act last Congress … only to see it fester in the House.
Conservatives in both chambers say expanded protections for undocumented immigrants and members of the LGBTQ communities amount to political handouts.
And perhaps more worrisome to many is the provision that allows tribal courts to prosecute non-natives in Indian Country for abuse. In Alaska, that only applies to Metlakatla, because it’s the only reservation in the state.
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski says her party needs to drop its opposition in the House.
“They need to think of the vulnerable people who are victims of domestic violence every single day. It doesn’t matter where you live,” Murkowski says.
The previous reauthorization will remain law regardless of whether the House passes the new version.
- The Senate State Affairs Committee heard public testimony from across Alaska on Senate Bill 128.
- Her pottery features a technique called Mishima that allows her to etch fine dark lines onto the surface of her porcelain pieces, marrying her background in drawing and illustration with organic three-dimensional forms.
- The City and Borough of Juneau has named candidates for two top positions: city manager and chief housing officer.
- Judge Pfiffner said he would issue a “lengthy” decision by the end of March at the earliest. He said his decision was likely only a “speed bump” on the way to the state Supreme Court.