The senator representing Alaska’s largest legislative district is suggesting major changes to the state’s Permanent Fund and the governor’s scholarship program.
The portrait of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, commissioned by the Alaska Legislature, now hangs outside the House Speaker’s office on the second floor of the State Capitol.
The state is negotiating a new lease for the Department of Labor building in Juneau, even as employees who work there continue to suffer ill health effects.
Backers of biomass energy pitched wood-pellet heat as a money-saver during a legislative hearing today (Feb. 21st).
Alaska Energy Authority staff and others talked to the House Committee on Economic Development about the Southeast Alaska Integrated Resource Plan.
HB 325 is nearly identical to a citizen’s initiative on track for a statewide vote later this year. But House Majority Leader Alan Austerman – the bill’s primary sponsor – says he’s open to changes. Lawmakers can preempt the ballot measure by adopting substantially similar legislation.
The Juneau School District budget committee will forward its budget recommendations to the school board Tuesday night.
Governor Sean Parnell has signed a bill easing the state’s requirement for certain political candidates to file electronic disclosure information electronically.
If you’ve spent any time in Sitka, you’ve probably seen Mount Edgecumbe. It’s one of Southeast Alaska’s most-viewed volcanoes, rising 3,000 feet from the ocean, only 10 miles from the former Russian capital.
It last erupted about 4,500 years ago, which is recent in the world of geology. But other volcanic sites in the region have seen more recent action.
House Bill 325 closely mirrors a citizen’s initiative that’s on track for a statewide vote later this year. Lawmakers can pre-empt the measure by passing substantially similar legislation.
The Senate State Affairs Committee has advanced a bill giving Alaska’s public employees a choice of retirement systems, despite objections from the Parnell administration.