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The Alaska Legislature is still at work trying to pass a budget bill to resolve the state’s annual $2.7 billion deficit. Alaska faces a government shutdown if a budget is not adopted by July 1, and the governor’s administration already […]

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Gov. Bill Walker ordered Alaska legislators into a special session just minutes after the regular session adjourned. Lawmakers have been unable to agree on how to resolve the state’s annual $2.7 billion deficit. Majority House Democrats proposed a state income […]

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The Alaska Legislature will remain in session despite its April 17 deadline, with lawmakers still working to pass a budget bill and other deficit reduction measures. A voter initiative passed in 2006 limits the legislative session to 90 days, but […]

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House Bill 91 was introduced yesterday to require Alaska’s legislative lobbyists to pay a 2.5 percent tax on income earned from lobbying activities. As introduced, the proceeds from the tax would be appropriated to the Alaska Public Offices Commission, which […]

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Last week, a federal judge upheld Alaska’s strict limits on several types of state-level campaign contributions, ruling that they don’t violate the free speech or equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. The suit was brought by three individuals and […]

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The head of the Alaska Public Offices Commission, Paul Dauphinais, has resigned. Dauphinais did not give a reason for the departure. Heather Hebdon, campaign disclosure coordinator, will act as the interim executive director until a permanent replacement is selected.

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On July 18, the Alaska Legislature adjourned its fifth special session. The Legislature failed to pass any deficit reduction measures the special session was called to address. Following the unsuccessful eight day session, it is expected that further work towards […]

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Alaskan lawmakers have been busy strategizing how to continue campaign fundraising ahead of the July 11 special session. State statute bans lawmakers from soliciting or accepting contributions in the capital city or any municipality where the Legislature is convened. Despite […]

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On June 19, the Alaska Legislature adjourned its fourth special session. The Legislature failed to pass revenue measures the special session was called to address. Gov. Bill Walker immediately issued a proclamation calling another special session to convene on July […]

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The Alaska Legislature reached a bipartisan budget deal Tuesday, May 31. The bill was approved nine days into the special session that was called when lawmakers could not produce a budget during the 121-day regular extended session. It is unclear […]

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On May 18, the Alaska Legislature hit the constitutional limit on session length of 121 days in session without reaching a budget deal. Gov. Bill Walker immediately called a special session scheduled to begin May 23. In addition to the […]

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With scheduled renovations to begin May 1 at the Alaska Capitol, lawmakers are moving to a new location before continuing to work to fix the state’s multi-billion dollar budget deficit. Constitutionally, the legislature can remain in session for up to […]

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The Alaska Legislature remains in session despite its Sunday deadline, with lawmakers set to work on a budget deficit-reduction package. Other issues still outstanding include Gov. Walker’s legislation to reform Alaska’s oil tax credit subsidy program and the institution of […]

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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is willing to call a special legislative session if lawmakers do not pass his tax or revenue proposals to address the growing budget deficit. The state Department of Revenue forecasts a dramatic drop in overall funding […]

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