Latest Alaska State Legislature News

Alaska special legislative session limps toward end

Jun. 18, 2021 21:00 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The special legislative session limped toward a bitter end Friday, with Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and House majority leaders sharply disagreeing over the adequacy of the budget passed by lawmakers earlier this week. Dunleavy called the budget...

Alaska governor calls budget passed this week 'defective'

Jun. 17, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy labeled as “defective” the state spending package passed by lawmakers this week and said he was prepared to call them into another special session next week if they do not act before the current special session expires Friday. ...

Alaska legislative leaders approve retroactive allowances

Jun. 17, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska legislative leaders have agreed to allow lawmakers to collect retroactively an allowance for the special session now nearing its end. On Wednesday, shortly after the Legislature passed an operating budget, the Legislative Council, composed...

Alaska Legislature passes budget with funding holes

Jun. 16, 2021 22:08 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature approved a state spending package following a series of dramatic votes in the Senate on Wednesday and impassioned speeches highlighting the tensions over the annual dividend paid to residents and the frayed nerves after five months in session. ...

Alaska House fails key vote affecting dividend, programs

Jun. 16, 2021 04:41 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House late Tuesday passed a state budget that would result in a $525 dividend to residents this year and leave in doubt funding for a number of programs and infrastructure projects after it failed to garner sufficient support on a key vote. ...

EXPLAINER: The complexities in Alaska's budget proposal

Jun. 14, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska budget negotiators reached a tentative agreement on a spending package that would keep state government running and allocate federal recovery aid dollars. But the proposal ties strings to funding for programs like the annual dividend paid to...

Alaska lawmakers reach tentative deal on budget, dividend

Jun. 14, 2021 00:53 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska budget negotiators reached a tentative agreement Sunday on a state spending package that includes an estimated $1,100 dividend for residents this year. But the check size could be cut to $525 a person if the House or Senate fails to muster...

Alaska budget negotiators hope to reach tentative deal soon

Jun. 12, 2021 23:28 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska legislators who are leading negotiators on a committee tasked with hashing out differences on a state spending package said they would like to reach a tentative agreement as early as Sunday. Whether that happens remains to be seen. The...

Former Alaska lawmaker pleads not guilty to election charges

Jun. 11, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A former Alaska legislator was indicted on new felony charges alleging voter misconduct related to the 2018 elections, according to an indictment released by the state Department of Law. Gabrielle LeDoux pleaded not guilty Thursday, the department...

Alaska lawmaker visits site of partisan Arizona audit

Jun. 09, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker said he plans to use his legislative office account to pay for a trip to Arizona to visit a partisan audit of the 2020 election. Rep. David Eastman, a Wasilla Republican, told the Anchorage Daily News the trip was on behalf of...