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Legislature OKs $5.8 million in Capitol repairs

Legislature OKs $5.8 million in Capitol repairs

The need for major repairs has been well documented, punctuated by the occasional chunk of falling masonry.

Testimony mixed on Juneau Access project funding

Testimony mixed on Juneau Access project funding

Juneau residents on Thursday weighed in for and against a $35 million appropriation for the Juneau Access project in Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed capital budget.

Legislature’s exit time could shift initiative scheduling

Legislature’s exit time could shift initiative scheduling

Unusual circumstances and odd timing could knock all but one of the citizen measures to the November general election, if the Legislature gavels out late.

Alaska Senate passes bill on cyberbullying

Alaska Senate passes bill on cyberbullying

The Alaska Senate has passed legislation that would criminalize the cyberbullying of a minor.

Senate committee advances transportation fund measure

Senate committee advances transportation fund measure

A measure setting up a road-and-ferry savings account has cleared its first state Senate committee.

Alaska Native languages bill clears final House committee

Alaska Native languages bill clears final House committee

A bill symbolically making 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages is heading to the House floor for a vote.

House Speaker proposes exception to residency rule for Gasline Board appointees

House Speaker proposes exception to residency rule for Gasline Board appointees

Mike Chenault is proposing a policy change that explicitly carves out an exception for the board that could oversee development of a natural gas pipeline.

Senate Education consider dual track tenure system

Senate Education consider dual track tenure system

The Senate Education Committee Monday began hearings on a bill that will establish different teacher tenure tracks for urban and rural Alaska.

Union opposes legislative action on minimum wage

Union opposes legislative action on minimum wage

The head of the state’s largest labor union says Alaska AFL-CIO would oppose any moves by lawmakers to raise the minimum wage ahead of a ballot measure.

Public testimony scheduled for Egan’s retirement choice bill

Public testimony scheduled for Egan’s retirement choice bill

Senate Bill 30 would let local and state government workers choose between a traditional pension and a 401(k)-style retirement savings account.