Local elected officials from across the state will be in Juneau this week for the Alaska Municipal League’s annual legislative conference.
The Alaska Conference of Mayors kicks off the meetings on Tuesday, with a discussion of energy issues taking up the bulk of the afternoon.
The municipal league meets all day Wednesday. Members will hear from U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, who gives her annual address to the Alaska Legislature later in the day. Governor Sean Parnell has also been invited to speak.
Then there’s a panel on the Public Employees Retirement System.
Wednesday afternoon, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce President Andrew Halcro will present the findings of a sustainable education task force. Halcro is a former state lawmaker, who’s been advocating for better planning when it comes to how the state funds public education.
Alaska Senate President Charlie Huggins and House Speaker Mike Chenault are expected to address the group Wednesday afternoon as well.
AML members typically take part of the conference to lobby state lawmakers as well.
Juneau Assemblywoman Karen Crane is currently president of the municipal league.
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- Former Sen. John Glenn has died at 95. After a career as a Marine pilot, Glenn was chosen as an astronaut. He was the third American in space.