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The Alaska Legislature adjourned sin die late Wednesday after finally coming to an agreement on the state’s budget bill. Lawmakers set this year’s dividend for each resident at $3,200 from Alaska’s Permanent Fund, a fund derived from the state’s oil […]

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The Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) has issued a notice of proposed changes to Alaska’s campaign disclosure regulations. The changes seek to clarify and define different aspects of the current law stemming from passage of the 2020 Initiative Measure 2. […]

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A lawsuit has been filed in federal court challenging the constitutionality of campaign finance rules passed in a 2020 voter initiative in Alaska. The newly filed suit focuses on the disclosure requirements of the initiative, stating the requirements hinder free […]

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy called a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Don Young, who died on March 18. The special all-party primary election will be held on June 11. The top four candidates will advance to the August 16 general […]

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The Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) has issued a final order rejecting the revival of previous campaign limits. In 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court remanded Thompson v. Hebdon, asking the lower court to consider whether Alaska’s campaign contribution limits were […]

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Governor Mike Dunleavy - by The Alaska Landmine

Alaska’s fourth special session adjourned under little fanfare. Governor Dunleavy tasked members of the Alaskan Legislature to fund another permanent fund dividend payment, a request met with legislative apathy. The Senate held only one floor session while the house met […]

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Members of the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) have released an advisory opinion, proposing new limits on contributions to political campaigns. Under the new restrictions, an individual would be limited to $1,500 in donations per candidate or group per year […]

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September 30, 2021  •  

Alaska to hold Fourth Special Session

Governor Mike Dunleavy - by The Alaska Landmine

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued an amended Executive Proclamation convening the Legislature into a fourth special session October 4, 2021. The Legislature is tasked to create a supplemental appropriation for the 2021 Permanent Fund Dividend, consider acts relating to the […]

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September 15, 2021  •  

Alaska Legislature Adjourns

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The Alaska Legislature adjourned the third special session on September 14 after passing House Bill 3003. The bill allocates $1,100 to each eligible Alaskan from the Permanent Fund Dividend. While the third session did resolve one problem, there are other […]

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August 17, 2021  •  

Alaska Begins Third Special Session

Governor Mike Dunleavy - by The Alaska Landmine

The Alaska Legislature convened for their third special session of this year Monday, August 16. Gov. Dunleavy has tasked lawmakers to consider amendments to the Alaskan Constitution relating to the Constitutional Budget Reserve fund and the Alaska Permanent Fund. The […]

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down three provisions of Alaska’s campaign finance law. In Thompson Vs. Hebdon the plaintiffs challenged four of the state’s finance contribution restrictions. After being remanded back to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals […]

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The Alaska Legislature adjourned a second special session June 28. Legislators came to an agreement changing the effective date of the state budget, allowing Alaska to avoid a government shutdown. A third special session will take place some time in […]

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Alaska State Capitol Buildling - Jay Galvin

On June 18, the Alaska Legislature adjourned a special session after failing to alter the effective date of the state budget. Under the Alaska constitution, bills take effect 90 days after enactment unless two-thirds of the House and two-thirds of […]

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Governor Mike Dunleavy - by The Alaska Landmine

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy intends to call two special sessions during the summer on May 20 and August 2. Dunleavy will task lawmakers with addressing the state budget and the Permanent Fund dividend. The Legislature’s regular session is scheduled to […]

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