June 27, 2011 •
April 18, 2011 •
Begins Day After Regular Session Ends
The Alaska Legislature was adjourned on its scheduled date, but not in its usual manner.
Because the House and Senate could not agree on the time of the adjournment, which is on the 90th and last day authorized by law, Governor Parnell himself invoked state constitutional authority and adjourned the 27th session of the legislature on April 17. He then immediately called a special session to begin April 18.
The special session is limited by law to a maximum of 30 days.
March 29, 2011 •
Bidders Need Alaska Business License
Representative Anna Fairclough introduced a bill concerning small procurements with the state, which includes the requirement of vendors to provide proof of an Alaska business license.
House Bill 204 also contains other mandates for vendors, including the registration of construction contract bidders and offerers, the establishment and maintenance of lists of person who want to contract with the state or state agencies, and small procurement provisions for certain amounts of leased space.
The legislation increases the maximum ceiling amounts of what constitutes a small procurement from $50,000 to $100,000 for supplies, services, or professional services; $100,000 to $200,000 for a construction, and from 3000 to 7000 square feet for a lease.
Photo of the Alaska State Capitol by Kevin Lam on Wikipedia.
February 18, 2011 •
Paul Dauphinais Replaces Holly Hill
The Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) has chosen Paul Dauphinais as its new executive director. Mr. Dauphinais has served as the president of Garrett College in Maryland, the director for the University of Alaska in Palmer and the executive director for the Homer Chamber of Commerce. He also has a PhD in History and an MS in Information Systems and is a retired commander of the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Dauphinais starts February 22, replacing Holly Hill who held the position since 2008.
You can read the full press release here.
Map of Alaska by Skew-t on Wikipedia.
August 26, 2010 •
A ballot initiative in Alaska to put limits on lobbying and campaign donations was overwhelmingly defeated during the state’s Tuesday primary.
Ballot Measure 1 was touted as a way to increase transparency in lobbying and end “pay to play” politics. The measure was strongly and publicly opposed by unions, local governments, and business groups who were concerned the measure would have quieted the voice of many Alaskans in the political arena.
For further reading:
“Ballot Measure 1 soundly rejected,” by Lisa Demer in the Anchorage Daily News.
“Ballot Measure 1 rejected by wide margin,” by Ted Land on KTUU.com.
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