Prospects diminish for criminal justice overhaul

JUNEAU — An Alaska lawmaker’s efforts to halt the rapid growth of the state’s prison population may not come to fruition.When it was introduced, North… Continue reading

Effort to revive stalled bill with sex ed provisions falters

JUNEAU — An effort to revive a stalled education bill that limits who can teach sex education in public schools faltered in the Alaska House… Continue reading

Oil tax credit negotiations continue

It has been three weeks since legislation to scale back Alaska’s oil and gas tax credit program took a big step backward to the House… Continue reading

Coghill says he’s recommending lawmakers drop Medicaid suit

JUNEAU — Alaska Senate Majority Leader John Coghill said Monday he has recommended that lawmakers drop their lawsuit challenging Gov. Bill Walker’s authority to expand… Continue reading

Walker wants deficit fixed by 2019

Even as members of the Alaska Legislature promote a slow-and-steady approach to fixing Alaska’s $4 billion annual deficit, Gov. Bill Walker said he wants to… Continue reading

Other meeting sites weighed as legislative session continues

JUNEAU — Alaska lawmakers planned to tour potential alternate meeting sites Monday as the extended legislative session wore on and a deadline for being out… Continue reading

Walker repeats need for fiscal plan in legislative briefing

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker on Wednesday said he wouldn’t veto legislation calling for structured, annual draws from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings if he doesn’t… Continue reading

Meyer: Permanent fund bill could be difficult in Senate

JUNEAU — Senate President Kevin Meyer said Tuesday that he doesn’t think there’s broad support in his chamber for a restructuring of Alaska Permanent Fund… Continue reading

Walker would like lawmakers to keep working in Juneau

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker said Monday that he would like legislators to continue their work in Juneau, even if that means relocating from the… Continue reading

Lawmakers assess options to wrap work as session’s end looms

JUNEAU — Legislative leaders planned to weigh their options for completing critical work on a state budget and other key issues as the scheduled end… Continue reading

AGDC narrows CEO search

The Alaska Gasline Development Corp.’s search for a new CEO appears to be winding down.AGDC board member Hugh Short, who has led the board’s hunt… Continue reading

Bill to ban Planned Parenthood in schools dies in committee

In a 5-2 vote, a House committee put a stop to a bill Tuesday that would’ve banned abortion providers from teaching sexual education in public… Continue reading

House minority sees tax credit bill as key to fiscal plan

JUNEAU — The minority leader of the Alaska House said Wednesday that if his caucus isn’t satisfied with changes to the state’s oil and gas… Continue reading

Walker not sure legislators can wrap fiscal work by Sunday

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker said Tuesday that as much of an optimist as he is, he doesn’t see state legislators wrapping up work on… Continue reading

Debate on oil tax credits slows progress in state House

JUNEAU — A looming fight over the state’s oil and gas tax credits is coming to a head in the state House as it majority… Continue reading

Senate reshapes criminal justice landscape

In a landmark 16-2 vote, the Alaska Senate has approved one of the most sweeping changes to the 49th state’s criminal sentencing structure since statehood.Senate… Continue reading

Study: Pensions underfunded, underperforming

The back-and-forth over who will pay what to state retirement plans has caused plenty of consternation in Juneau the last two weeks, but a new… Continue reading

Additional bill restricting Planned Parenthood in schools introduced

JUNEAU — Two Wasilla Republicans are working to limit special interest groups like Planned Parenthood from teaching in Alaska’s public schools.Republican Rep. Lynn Gattis introduced… Continue reading

Lawmakers move rewrite of Walker’s fisheries tax bill

JUNEAU — A House fisheries committee advanced a rewrite of Gov. Bill Walker’s fisheries tax bill on Tuesday, diverting half of the potential revenue into… Continue reading

Corrections chief defends appointment amid criticism

JUNEAU — State Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams defended his appointment Tuesday amid criticism from a correctional officers’ union over a scathing review of the department… Continue reading