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Medicaid expansion bill clears first hurdle

Medicaid expansion bill clears first hurdleThe bill would allow the state to accept at least $145 million in federal funds to provide health insurance to low-income, childless adults.

House OKs timber payments, but Alaskans can’t count on it

House OKs timber payments, but Alaskans can’t count on itA federal revenue-sharing program called Secure Rural Schools has been a million-dollar boon to some Alaska cities and boroughs, mostly in Southeast.

Proposal would reject pay increases for public employees

The committee also adopted language removing salary increases for employees not covered by unions. Committee co-chair Pete Kelly said that action would require separate legislation.

Legislature votes to end school bond reimbursements, but uncertainty lingers for Anchorage

Right now, when municipalities bond for school construction costs, the state pays more than half the bill.

Fish and Game online store streamlines permitting process

Fish and Game online store streamlines permitting processThe new store boasts several new features, including buying and printing your sport fishing and hunting licenses at home.

House panel considers pet custody, protective orders

House panel considers pet custody, protective ordersThe bill would direct the court to consider an animal's best interests when deciding who gets to keep a pet, such as a dog or cat, in a divorce.

Fishing rights case likely headed for Alaska Supreme Court, federal court

Fishing rights case likely headed for Alaska Supreme Court, federal courtThe defendants moved for dismissal of the charges, asserting that their fishing for king salmon was a religious activity, and that they were entitled to a religious exemption from the emergency orders under the free exercise clause of the Alaska Constitution.

As legislature passes gasline bill, feud with governor continues

As legislature passes gasline bill, feud with governor continuesThe Alaska Legislature has passed a bill meant to keep Gov. Bill Walker from spending money on an alternate gasline proposal.

House delays vote on school bond bill

The House adjourned Tuesday before voting on an amendment that would allow reimbursements for projects voters approve by November 15, 2016.

Anchorage Democrats offer ‘emergency fix’ for Alaska’s oil tax system

Anchorage Democrats offer ‘emergency fix’ for Alaska’s oil tax systemSen. Bill Wielechowski and Rep. Les Gara say they would like to see the tax floor raised from 4 percent to 12.5 percent and certain credits ended in order to bring in more revenue to the state.