| Apr 10, 2013
| 9:16 PM
The state Senate has passed a dramatically modified House bill meant to protect Alaskans’ Second Amendment rights, allowing the state to defend citizens accused of violating future federal gun laws -- as well as state law enforcement officers...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 7:20 AM
The Senate has delayed debate on a bill critics fear will hurt the public's ability to participate in permitting decisions.
Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis called it an "epic showdown" over state resource policy.
HB77, from Gov. Sean Parnell, is...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 7:23 PM
The Alaska Senate has passed a $9.9 billion state operating budget.
The Democratic Minority offered 10 amendments to the budget, all of which failed.
"I'm going to vote against it, mainly on the subject of education," said Sen. Hollis French (D-...
| Mar 30, 2012
| 7:26 PM
With just 15 days now officially left in the state legislative session, parents of autistic children are worried that lawmakers will fail to act on Senate Bill 74. The measure would make Alaska the 30th state in the country to mandate that health insurers...
| Apr 10, 2012
| 7:56 PM
A bill that would mandate autism insurance in Alaska suffered an unexpected setback Tuesday night, when House Health and Social Services Committee Chair Rep. Wes Keller (R-Wasilla) decided to keep the measure bottled up in committee -- leaving parents...
| Apr 13, 2012
| 7:48 PM
Some state bills are moving forward, with time running out in the regular session of the Legislature. It now appears that things are beginning to happen -- some of them unexpected.
Late Friday, the House Health and Social Services Committee unexpectedly...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 4:45 PM
Rumrunner's Old Towne Bar and Grill in Downtown Anchorage has come under fire from state lawmakers, citing violent incidents that have occurred at the establishment.
Rep. Les Gara and Sen. Johnny Ellis, who both represent the Downtown area, sent a...
| Apr 19, 2010
Lawmakers and their staff are packing up and heading home after a busy 90-day legislative session, which ended very early Monday morning.
Legislators and staffers used every minute they could and then some -- no matter how fast lawmakers worked in...
| Jan 21, 2011
| 6:23 PM
After a rancorous few years some Americans are turned off by politics. But don't confuse the partisan noise in Washington D.C. with what happens in the Alaska state capitol.
The halls here are much quieter, in part because Republicans and Democrats are...
| Feb 16, 2011
| 11:10 AM
Seven state senators are urging Gov. Sean Parnell to act quickly in order to apply for a $1 million federal grant which would help Alaska set up a state-operated health insurance program. The deadline to apply is Feb. 18th.
According to their press...
| Mar 1, 2011
| 1:41 PM
It sounds like there's some real frustration brewing behind the scenes regarding the over-budget, behind-schedule Goose Creek Correctional Center, currently under construction in the Mat-Su Valley.
When asked about the project in a Tuesday Senate...