Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Health Care Act, Alaska’s leaders prepare for what comes next.
The Supreme Court has upheld the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — ruling in favor of the requirement that most Americans can be required to have health insurance, or else pay a penalty.
The approval – known as “preclearance” under the Voting Rights Act – comes in the midst of a federal lawsuit, filed by Alaska Native groups to keep the state from implementing the plan until the Justice Department weighs in.
A series of ten public hearings on Ballot Measure 2 will be held around the state in July, starting next Monday in Soldotna and ending July 26th in Juneau.
It now appears most state Labor Department employees in Juneau will be staying in the same building that for years has been suspected of causing health problems.
In a 94-page report released today (Monday), state Ombudsman Linda Lord-Jenkins places blame on the Office of Children’s Services regulations, saying they’re confusing to both staff and the citizens who interact with the agency.
Two former employees of the Alaska Coastal Management Program debated in front of a packed house at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce today (Thursday). At issue – a measure on the August primary ballot that would re-establish the federally funded program, which gives the state oversight of permitting activities along its coastline.
More Alaskans are filing to run for the state Legislature as the deadline approaches.
Candidate filing has been steady since the state Supreme Court determined which plan should be used for the 2012 elections.