Judge tosses lawmaker challenge to Medicaid expansion

JUNEAU (AP) — A state court judge in Alaska has upheld Gov. Bill Walker's decision to expand Medicaid without legislative approval, finding that the federal… Continue reading

Sullivan: Alaska strategically important to US

JUNEAU — U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said Monday that Alaska is an area of strategic importance to the country, given its foothold in the Arctic… Continue reading

Senate OKs bill to bar Planned Parenthood in schools

JUNEAU — As members of a Juneau Girl Scout troop looked on, the Alaska Senate on Friday narrowly passed a bill that would ban abortion… Continue reading

Panels propose cuts, changes in weighing Alaska budget

JUNEAU — Work furloughs. Cuts to public broadcasting, pre-kindergarten programs and the University of Alaska system. Closure of a youth detention facility in Nome.These are… Continue reading

Measures would restrict Planned Parenthood in Alaska schools

JUNEAU — Alaska lawmakers are poised to consider legislation that would bar school districts from contracting with abortion services providers or allowing them to offer… Continue reading

Senate addresses 2 issues raised by regulator in pot bill

JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would allow regulators of Alaska’s up-and-coming legal marijuana industry to obtain national criminal history checks on… Continue reading

Regulators to take applications for pot businesses

JUNEAU — A regulatory board in Alaska today will begin accepting applications for marijuana business licenses — the next step in setting up the state’s… Continue reading

Legislative Information Office teleconference schedule for Feb. 22

Monday 1:00 p.m.The House Resources Committee will sponsor a public hearing to discuss HB 247 Tax; Credits; Interest; Refunds; Oil & Gas with Continuation of… Continue reading

Bill would reduce penalty for texting while driving

JUNEAU — The Senate Judiciary Committee examined legislation Monday aimed at boosting enforcement of Alaska’s ban on texting while driving. It would reduce the penalty… Continue reading

UA prepares to lose millions in state funding

JUNEAU (AP) — A slump in oil prices has officials looking at the amount and impact of a deep cut in the University of Alaska… Continue reading

Bipartisan bowling: Alaska politicians roll off steam

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska lawmakers gather each week in the state capital ready to rumble, but it’s not to continue their already tense and rocky… Continue reading

Murkowski points to federal gains, overreach during address

JUNEAU — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski began her annual address to Alaska lawmakers with accolades about federal progress on issues that could bring economic growth… Continue reading

Mallott rejects Democrats’ proposed primary change

JUNEAU — Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott on Wednesday declined a request by Alaska Democrats to allow candidates not affiliated with a political party to run… Continue reading

DNR commissioner resigns

One of the leading figures behind the development of a trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline has announced his resignation. In an email to employees of the… Continue reading

Colleagues say House Democratic leader fits his role well

JUNEAU — Alaska House Democrats have regained prominence after years of limited influence, with their support expected to be critical in passing a budget this… Continue reading

Legislator’s plan promises to halve state’s swelling deficit

For 13 months, Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, has been working on a plan to use Permanent Fund earnings to partially balance Alaska’s state budget.On Tuesday,… Continue reading

Bill would require some Alaska students to repay grants

JUNEAU — Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require students to repay state scholarships and grants if they fail to graduate within six years… Continue reading

Alaska House to focus on budget-related bills

JUNEAU — The Alaska House passed a resolution Monday aimed at focusing committee work on the state’s budget deficit, while minority Democrats pushed for a… Continue reading

Alaska, Oregon lift suspension of insurance carrier

JUNEAU — Insurance regulators in Alaska and Oregon announced Monday that a company that had been suspended from offering health insurance policies in the states… Continue reading

LIO teleconference schedule for Feb. 8

Tuesday 1:00 p.m.The Senate Transportation Committee will sponsor public hearing to discuss SB 132 Electronic Tax Returns & Motor Fuel Tax. Testimony will be taken.Wednesday… Continue reading