The investigation was prompted by a hospital safety officer warning that API staff were excessively restraining and isolating patients, as well as using force in ways that violate the facility’s own guidelines.
Combined with some other changes, the Alaska Department of Revenue now projects that the state will have $89 million less for this year’s budget. And it will have $39 million more for the 2020 budget that begins in July.
A federal court ruled Friday that the Bureau of Land Management does not have to consider future impacts of mine development before approving activities for mineral exploration in the Chilkat Valley.
Because the Alaska state government’s relationship with tribes cuts across many different state departments, House lawmakers decided to have one committee that would attend to the full range of tribal affairs.
Alaska is poised to become the first state in the nation with statewide rules allowing people to use marijuana at certain stores where they buy it. The regulations take effect April 11, but there will be a lag before people can smoke or consume marijuana edibles at stores.