January 9, 2018 •

Alaska State Senator Resigning

Alaska state Sen. Mike Dunleavy announced he will resign his Senate E seat to focus on a campaign for governor. Had Dunleavy remained in office, he would have been prohibited from campaigning or raising money during the legislative session, which […]

Alaska state Sen. Mike Dunleavy announced he will resign his Senate E seat to focus on a campaign for governor.

Had Dunleavy remained in office, he would have been prohibited from campaigning or raising money during the legislative session, which starts January 16. His resignation is effective January 15.

To select Dunleavy’s replacement, the Alaska Republican Party will send 3 names to Governor Bill Walker to choose.

Walker’s choice must then be confirmed by a majority of Republicans in the Alaska Senate.

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November 27, 2017 •

Alaska Adjourns Special Session

Alaska’s fourth special session adjourned on November 21 after reaching the 30-day limit set by the state’s constitution. Since November 10, lawmakers were in a technical session after the Senate attempted to adjourn the special session after passing a criminal […]

Alaska’s fourth special session adjourned on November 21 after reaching the 30-day limit set by the state’s constitution.

Since November 10, lawmakers were in a technical session after the Senate attempted to adjourn the special session after passing a criminal justice reform bill. In Alaska one body cannot adjourn without the other.

No committee hearings are held in a technical session, and no formal legislative business is done.

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November 13, 2017 •

Alaska Senate Adjourns from Special Session

The Alaska Senate adjourned the fourth special session on November 10. However, on November 13 the House majority coalition announced plans to hold technical sessions until the special session ends November 21. A technical session will force the Senate to […]

The Alaska Senate adjourned the fourth special session on November 10.

However, on November 13 the House majority coalition announced plans to hold technical sessions until the special session ends November 21.

A technical session will force the Senate to hold similar sessions because one body cannot adjourn without the other.

Lawmakers passed a criminal justice reform bill despite warnings from the Alaska Department of Law and ACLU that the measures are unconstitutional.

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September 25, 2017 •

Alaska Governor Officially Calls Fourth Special Legislative Session

Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation to convene the Legislature’s fourth special session on October 23 to address revenue and public safety issues. The governor has proposed a payroll tax of 1.5 percent that is expected to generate between $300 […]

Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation to convene the Legislature’s fourth special session on October 23 to address revenue and public safety issues.

The governor has proposed a payroll tax of 1.5 percent that is expected to generate between $300 million and $325 million. Under this proposal, Alaskans would pay the lowest taxes in the country.

Senate Bill 54, which addresses Class-C felonies, will also be under consideration.

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September 6, 2017 •

Alaska Governor Plans Fourth Special Session

Alaska Governor Bill Walker asked his legislative director to notify legislators he will be calling a special session to convene on October 23. The focus of this special session will be on finding alternative forms of revenue that are vital […]

Alaska Governor Bill Walker asked his legislative director to notify legislators he will be calling a special session to convene on October 23.

The focus of this special session will be on finding alternative forms of revenue that are vital in stabilizing the state’s economy, but the exact bills to be discussed will be announced in the official special session proclamation issued on or before September 22.

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August 30, 2017 •

Alaska Ballot Initiative Proposed to Limit Gifts from Lobbyists

An Alaska ballot initiative has been proposed to limit perks received by lawmakers. The proposed Alaska Government Accountability Act would limit lawmakers and aides from accepting meals or drinks purchased by lobbyists by restricting the acceptance of food and drink […]

An Alaska ballot initiative has been proposed to limit perks received by lawmakers.

The proposed Alaska Government Accountability Act would limit lawmakers and aides from accepting meals or drinks purchased by lobbyists by restricting the acceptance of food and drink from a lobbyist to de minimis and non-alcoholic items for immediate consumption. It would also ban corporations with five percent or more non-U.S. ownership from spending money on campaigns that target individual candidates.

The initiative sponsors are aiming for the proposal to appear on the 2018 ballot and are still in the process of collecting the necessary signatures.

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July 24, 2017 •

Alaska to Hold Third Special Session

On July 27, the Legislature is expected to convene again for a one-day special session to pass the state’s capital construction budget. This will be the Legislature’s third special session. Lawmakers were previously unable to agree to a compromise on […]

On July 27, the Legislature is expected to convene again for a one-day special session to pass the state’s capital construction budget. This will be the Legislature’s third special session.

Lawmakers were previously unable to agree to a compromise on the budget, but have reportedly reached an agreement with enough support to call a special session.

Under the Alaska Constitution, the approval of two-thirds of the Legislature is necessary to call a special session.

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July 18, 2017 •

Alaska Adjourns Second Special Session

Alaska’s second special session adjourned July 15 with lawmakers ending the oil tax credit program. The Legislature may be called back into another special session soon to deal with the unfinished business of the capital budget and deficit reduction measures. […]

Alaska’s second special session adjourned July 15 with lawmakers ending the oil tax credit program.

The Legislature may be called back into another special session soon to deal with the unfinished business of the capital budget and deficit reduction measures.

Gov. Bill Walker said in a press conference he is waiting for legislative leaders to present a compromise on the budget before he will call another costly special session.

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July 6, 2017 •

Alaska Legislative Session Continues

Gov. Bill Walker signed a shutdown-averting $8.8 billion state operating budget into law; however, the Alaska Legislature remains in session to address oil and gas tax credits. The 30-day special session ends July 16. Lawmakers have set a record this […]

Gov. Bill Walker signed a shutdown-averting $8.8 billion state operating budget into law; however, the Alaska Legislature remains in session to address oil and gas tax credits.

The 30-day special session ends July 16.

Lawmakers have set a record this year in Juneau for the longest time spent consecutively in session.

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June 19, 2017 •

Alaska Convenes Second Special Session

The Alaska Legislature’s first special session ran out of time on June 16 without lawmakers passing a budget bill to resolve the state’s annual $2.7 billion deficit. Gov. Bill Walker immediately called a second special session convening that same day […]

The Alaska Legislature’s first special session ran out of time on June 16 without lawmakers passing a budget bill to resolve the state’s annual $2.7 billion deficit.

Gov. Bill Walker immediately called a second special session convening that same day to address the budget.

Alaska faces a government shutdown if a budget is not adopted by July 1.

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June 1, 2017 •

Alaska Budget Gridlock Threatens to Layoff State Employees

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 […]

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 sent 30-day layoff warnings to state employees.

Because the legislative session is extending into the month of June, an additional monthly expenditure report for registered legislative lobbyists will be due on July 31, 2017.

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May 22, 2017 •

Alaska Government Shutdown Looms as Lawmakers Unable to Compromise

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 […]

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 tax as well as cuts to oil and gas subsidies, while Republicans in the Senate Majority favored budget cuts and spending from the Permanent Fund’s investment earnings.

Alaska’s fiscal year begins July 1, giving lawmakers just over a month to make a deal.

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April 18, 2017 •

Alaska Legislature Continues in Session

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 […]

AlaskaThe 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 legislators often continue after the deadline and follow the constitutional deadline of 121 days.

If more time is needed after the constitutional deadline, a special session would need to be convened.

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February 1, 2017 •

Alaska Lawmakers to Consider Additional Income Tax on Lobbyists

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 […]

AlaskaHouse 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 is the state agency tasked with regulating lobbyists. If passed, House Bill 91 would take effect January 1, 2018.

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