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Alaska House advances operating budget with broad cuts

Alaska House advances operating budget with broad cutsOne conservative member of the GOP-led majority, Rep. Lora Reinbold, bucked her caucus in voting against the bill and could face consequences.

Legislator says mandating GMO-labels empowers shoppers

Legislator says mandating GMO-labels empowers shoppersAnchorage 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.

Southeast residents want public input on state roadside spraying

Southeast residents want public input on state roadside sprayingA 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.

Lawmakers amend marijuana crimes bill

Lawmakers amend marijuana crimes billThe 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.

State sends team to Bethel to help displaced workers

State sends team to Bethel to help displaced workersA 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.

Environmental youths announce lawmakers of the year

Environmental youths announce lawmakers of the yearThe Alaska Youth for Environmental Action awards go to Reps. Andy Josephson, Charisse Millett, Les Gara and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins.

Budget consideration sparks Medicaid debate

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.

Alaska Senate passes bill to end daylight saving time

Alaska Senate passes bill to end daylight saving timeThe Alaska State Senate has passed a bill that would eliminate daylight saving time.

House Speaker reattempts Agrium tax credit

House Speaker reattempts Agrium tax creditThe 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.