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Legislature OKs $5.8 million in Capitol repairs

Legislature OKs $5.8 million in Capitol repairsThe 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 fundingJuneau 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 schedulingUnusual circumstances and odd timing could knock all but one of the citizen measures to the November general election, if the Legislature gavels out late.

Senate committee advances transportation fund measure

Senate committee advances transportation fund measureA 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 committeeA 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 appointeesMike Chenault is proposing a policy change that explicitly carves out an exception for the board that could oversee development of a natural gas pipeline.

Public testimony scheduled for Egan’s retirement choice bill

Public testimony scheduled for Egan’s retirement choice billSenate Bill 30 would let local and state government workers choose between a traditional pension and a 401(k)-style retirement savings account.

Senate panel proposes $100 million in one-time education funding

Senate panel proposes $100 million in one-time education fundingWhile the Legislature is still hammering out how much money to put toward the base student allocation, the Senate Finance Committee has included a major injection of funds in their version of the operating budget.

Senate passes bill to limit access to certain court records

Senate passes bill to limit access to certain court recordsSen. Fred Dyson’s bill would make it so all criminal cases that result in a dismissal or an acquittal are considered confidential.

Alaska legislature forwards Erin’s Law

Alaska legislature forwards Erin’s LawHouse Bill 233, requiring school districts to implement sexual abuse education, gets bipartisan support.