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Joint session to address marijuana decriminalization as municipalities scramble to regulate

Joint session to address marijuana decriminalization as municipalities scramble to regulateRepublican Senator Lesil McGuire of Anchorage has introduced the first large-scale bill regulating marijuana like alcohol in Alaska.

Former Commissioner Marc Luiken appointed DOT chief

Former Commissioner Marc Luiken appointed DOT chiefThere’s a new boss at the state agency overseeing, roads, airports and ferries. Marc Luiken is the commissioner of the Department of Transportation.

Walker outlines plans for budget cuts

Walker outlines plans for budget cutsWith Alaska facing a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall, Gov. Bill Walker is proposing 5 percent cuts to agency funding.

Walker names National Guard special investigator

Walker names National Guard special investigatorGov. Bill Walker has named a retired judge as his special investigator into the Alaska National Guard.

Juneau Assembly, legislative delegation discuss budget issues

Juneau Assembly, legislative delegation discuss budget issuesThe Juneau Assembly met with the city’s legislative delegation, as well as its state and federal lobbyists over breakfast Wednesday.

Walker sketches agenda in State of State address

Walker sketches agenda in State of State addressIn his first State of the State address to the Legislature, Gov. Bill Walker spoke broadly of the need to address the state’s financial shortfall and the importance of building a natural gas pipeline.

Board of Fisheries chairman resigns

Board of Fisheries chairman resignsAlaska Board of Fisheries Chairman Karl Johnstone resigned Tuesday after Gov. Bill Walker said he wouldn’t submit his name to the legislature for reappointment.

State lawmakers to be welcomed with local goodies

State lawmakers to be welcomed with local goodiesOver 60 local businesses welcome the 29th State Legislature by sponsoring a public reception Thursday night.

Senate Finance considering bringing on former commissioners as consultants

The Senate Finance Committee is considering hiring two former state commissioners to help lawmakers review state spending and address massive budget deficits.

Will DOT changes help or hurt the ferry system?

Will DOT changes help or hurt the ferry system?Could the firing of three top state transportation officials put the Alaska Marine Highway at risk? That’s what some ferry supporters are asking.