The U.S. Senate has just passed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. However, its future in the House is unclear.
The Senate passed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act last Congress … only to see it fester in the House.
Conservatives in both chambers say expanded protections for undocumented immigrants and members of the LGBTQ communities amount to political handouts.
And perhaps more worrisome to many is the provision that allows tribal courts to prosecute non-natives in Indian Country for abuse. In Alaska, that only applies to Metlakatla, because it’s the only reservation in the state.
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski says her party needs to drop its opposition in the House.
“They need to think of the vulnerable people who are victims of domestic violence every single day. It doesn’t matter where you live,” Murkowski says.
The previous reauthorization will remain law regardless of whether the House passes the new version.
- A lawsuit filed in federal court this week seeks to remove the residency requirement for people gathering signatures for state ballot initiatives.
- For the second time in two years, a Skagway political figure has been ordered to pay a fine for incomplete financial disclosures. Assembly hopeful Dan Henry failed to disclose substantial debt on his candidate paperwork. He will still be able to run for office in the upcoming election.
- Administration officials have a mouthful of a name for it: the “capped hybrid head tax.” It's a flat 1.5 percent of wages and self-employment income, with a maximum of twice the value of that year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend.
- A federal district court has sided with conservationists fighting to preserve the U.S. Forest Service's "roadless rule" that limits road building in national forests. Alaska conservationists opposed to expanded logging in Tongass National Forest hailed the ruling as a victory.