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

Senate majority pauses retirement bill after new estimates

JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate majority announced Monday that legislation calling for increased local contributions to the public employees’ retirement system was on hold given… Continue reading

Legislative Information Office schedule for April 4

Monday 1:00 p.m.The House Resources Committee will sponsor a public hearing to discuss SB 32 Timber Sales and HB 112 Repeal CFEC; Transfer Functions to… Continue reading

Bill seeks to address rising health insurance rates

JUNEAU — State officials in Alaska are proposing a program to address high-cost health insurance claims in hopes of stabilizing rising rates on the individual… Continue reading

Bill aims to keep criminals from returning to jail

JUNEAU — Alaska lawmakers are considering a bill aimed at preventing criminals from repeatedly returning to jail.The measure is part of a sweeping criminal justice… Continue reading

House panel advances tax credit bill rewrite

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to reduce spending on oil and gas tax credits has been scaled by a state House committee, which also… Continue reading

Group criticizes Walker on fisheries policy

JUNEAU — Fishermen, Alaska Native tribal members and clean water advocates on Wednesday criticized Gov. Bill Walker’s administration over its handling of fisheries and water… Continue reading

Fish board nominees, legislators more cordial in 2016

The 2016 Board of Fisheries appointees represent no one, and everyone, they insist.2015 and 2016 took a toll on fisheries leadership. The last 12 months… Continue reading

Bill would let lawmakers decide top tier water designations

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker has proposed giving the state Legislature the power to designate waters where no long-term degradation is allowed, a move that… Continue reading

House approves bill fighting ‘rock vomit’ and other invasive species

The Alaska House has voted 26-7 in favor of a bill that aims to fight invasive species in Alaska’s waters.House Bill 38, brought by Rep.… Continue reading

A look at budget proposals in the Legislature

JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate passed its version of the state operating budget Monday, on the heels of House passage of its own plan last… Continue reading

Policy lets legislators decide on records releases

JUNEAU — Legislative policy leaves Alaska state lawmakers the discretion to decide whether they want to release information from their own records. That stands in… Continue reading

Legislative Information Office teleconference schedule for March 14

Monday 8 a.m.The House Education will sponsor a public hearing to discuss SB 89 Schools; Parent Rights; Abortion Providers Limits and HB 156 School Accountability… Continue reading

Legislative Information Office teleconference schedule for March 7

Friday 1:30 p.m.The House Finance Com- mittee will sponsor a public hearing to discuss HB 224 Permanent Fund: Income; Distribution; PFD, HB 245 Permanent Fund:… Continue reading

Criminal justice overhaul costs, savings unclear

JUNEAU — A bill to overhaul the criminal justice system advanced in the Alaska Senate on Tuesday, though questions remain about how much money it… Continue reading

Budget director raises issues with House proposals

JUNEAU — As a key House committee worked to finalize its version of the state operating budget, Gov. Bill Walker’s budget director pushed back against… Continue reading

Bill aimed at curbing Medicaid costs moves in Senate

JUNEAU — Legislation aimed at curbing and containing costs within Alaska’s Medicaid program advanced from a key Senate committee Monday after lawmakers were told of… Continue reading