The bill would divert nonviolent offenders from prison toward alternative programs. It shifts the focus of bail from people’s ability to pay to the risk they present.
Leading lawmakers say the outcome could be a combination of bills proposed by Gov. Bill Walker, Anchorage Republican Sen. Lesil McGuire and Anchorage Republican Rep. Mike Hawker.
Bill sponsor Fairbanks Republican Sen. Pete Kelly says students would be safer if there were more guns on campus.
Acting Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams says he’s moving forward, to address what he sees as needed changes to the department.
The committee will work out differences between the operating budgets passed by both bodies.
With less than two weeks left in the session, Olson decided it was time for House Bill 376, which would apply a 35 percent tax to dividends.
Young also said that while he’s running for re-election, when the time comes for a successor, Alaskans should choose someone who’s young.
Senate Bill 91 is aimed at reducing recidivism, as well as the state’s prison costs.
The building’s owners were seeking $34 million from the legislature. They said it cost nearly $37 million to build.
Gunnar Knapp, director of the University of Alaska Institute of Social and Economic Research, told the Senate Finance Committee that uncertainty over the budget is a concern for the economy.