Latest Alaska State Legislature News

Alaska Senate president faces Republican primary challenge

Aug. 12, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's state Senate President will be challenged for her Anchorage seat in the upcoming state Republican primary. Cathy Giessel will face challenger Roger Holland in the Aug. 18 primary election, Alaska Public Media reported Tuesday. Holland criticizes Giessel's leadership of...

Alaska judge dismisses lawsuit over state coronavirus funds

Aug. 8, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska judge dismissed a lawsuit that alleged the method by which the state dispersed its federal coronavirus funds was unconstitutional. The lawsuit, brought by Juneau resident Eric Forrer, was filed after a legislative panel, instead of the Alaska State Legislature, approved...

Late lawmaker's name to remain on Alaska primary ballot

Aug. 4, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The late-Rep. Gary Knopp's name will appear on the Aug. 18 primary ballot, and should he win, the Alaska Republican Party will be able to petition for a replacement candidate, a Department of Law spokesperson said. Knopp, a Kenai Republican who was seeking a third term in the state...

FILE - This Feb. 12, 2018 file photo, Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp waits during a break in a floor session in which the House failed to elect a permanent speaker  in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska House Majority says Knopp was killed in the mid-air collision of two planes near Soldotna on Friday, July 31, 2020. Alaska State Troopers would not confirm Knopp's death beyond saying the mid-air collision near the airport in Soldotna was a fatal crash. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Midair collision kills state legislator, 6 others in Alaska

Jul. 31, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker, died Friday when two small airplanes collided in midair near the airport in Soldotna, a small community on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Alaska State Troopers said state Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, of Kenai was the sole occupant of one...

Alaska House Majority says Rep. Gary Knopp killed in plane crash near Soldotna

Jul. 31, 2020 3:51 PM EDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska House Majority says Rep. Gary Knopp killed in plane crash near Soldotna.
FILE - Alaska Republican state Rep. David Eastman speaks during a House floor session in Juneau, Alaska in this May 10, 2017 file photo. Several Alaska Republican lawmakers are campaigning against fellow GOP state Rep. David Eastman. They blame him for the failure of Republicans in 2018 to take control of the state's House of Representatives. The Anchorage Daily News reported members of the House Republican minority campaigned over the weekend in Eastman's Wasilla district for his GOP primary opponent. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Alaska GOP lawmakers seek to unseat Republican Rep. Eastman

Jul. 29, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Several Alaska Republican lawmakers have campaigned against fellow GOP state Rep. David Eastman, who they blame for the failure of Republicans to take control of the state's House of Representatives in 2018. Members of the House Republican minority campaigned over the weekend in...

Alaska changes rules blocking companies from state virus aid

Jun. 19, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s $290 million financial assistance program for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus will no longer exclude companies that already received small amounts of federal aid, officials said. The rule change follows an outcry from businesses and legislators who...

Alaska lawmakers: Discrimination involved in Arctic decision

Jun. 18, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s congressional delegation has asked federal regulators to investigate possible discrimination against Alaska Natives by large banks refusing to fund Arctic oil and gas projects. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young issued a letter Tuesday saying...