A Medicaid reform bill has been filed in the Alaska Senate. Many Republican legislators have said reform of the state’s low-income health care program must happen before they accept federal dollars to expand it.
One conservative member of the GOP-led majority, Rep. Lora Reinbold, bucked her caucus in voting against the bill and could face consequences.
Anchorage Rep. Geran Tarr concedes there is no clear consensus about whether eating genetically-modified foods is harmful, but she’s not taking any chances. House Bill 92 aims to help GMO-cautious consumers identify which foods in Alaska have been genetically engineered.
A bill that seeks to restore some public comment opportunity for herbicides spraying along state highways had its first hearing in a House committee this month.
The Senate Finance Committee has amended a bill that would update state laws following the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in Alaska in response comments from state officials and the public.
A state team was in Bethel to meet with workers losing their jobs at the town's new supermarket, which is set to close Friday less than one year after opening.
The Alaska Youth for Environmental Action awards go to Reps. Andy Josephson, Charisse Millett, Les Gara and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins.
Democrats have proposed 22 amendments, and discussion of the bill is expected to last into the late hours. The minority opened with an effort to restore Medicaid expansion to the budget.
The Alaska State Senate has passed a bill that would eliminate daylight saving time.
The Alaska Department of Revenue expects a proposed tax credit for the Agrium fertilizer plant in Nikiski to cost the state between $3 million and $4 million in foregone revenue annually.