Latest Alaska state government News

Alaska Legislature to consider veto overrides

Jan. 23, 2020 9:42 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature plans to meet Friday to consider overriding some of the vetoes made by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, though the House speaker said it remains to be seen if the votes are there. At least 45 votes among the 60-person Legislature are needed for an override. House Speaker...

Official: Alaska dropping out-of-state inmate housing idea

Jan. 23, 2020 7:51 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Corrections is not moving forward with a proposal to have inmates housed out of state, Commissioner Nancy Dahlstrom said Thursday. In October, the department announced it planned to seek bids for the proposal, which Dahlstrom at that time said was the best way...

Troopers say Wasilla cop on domestic call kills armed man

Jan. 23, 2020 5:21 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Wasilla police officer assisting on a domestic violence case shot and killed a man who brandished a shotgun, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday. Gage Southard, 26, of Palmer, died in the shooting, troopers said in a release. The name of the Wasilla officer will be released after...

Soldotna man charged with nailing sign to Governor's mansion

Jan. 23, 2020 12:35 PM EST

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A Soldotna man has been charged in Juneau with damaging the Governor's Mansion by nailing a sign to the door. David A. Powell, 54, is charged with misdemeanor damage of property. Online court documents do not list his attorney. He is scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 27. Juneau police...

Judge vacates order halting enforcement of recall decision

Jan. 22, 2020 9:00 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge on Wednesday said a decision that would have allowed the recall effort against Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy to proceed was “inadvertently” put on hold. In a written order Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth in Anchorage vacated the stay and said...

Proposal calls for Alaska pot, alcohol board administrators

Jan. 22, 2020 7:02 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The boards that regulate alcohol and the legal marijuana industry in Alaska would have their own administrators under a proposal pitched by the interim director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office as a way to improve operations. Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Glen Klinkhart...

Legislative panel suggests following earnings draw limit

Jan. 22, 2020 11:58 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A legislative panel has failed to reach an agreement on potential changes to the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, leaving lawmakers with little guidance on a path forward on the thorny subject. The state has struggled to address a long-running deficit. It has drawn down savings...

Budget fallout leads to Alaska Senate committee shakeup

Jan. 21, 2020 11:31 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The first day of the legislative session Tuesday featured fallout from a budget vote last year, as the Alaska Senate shook up its committees and some conservative members cried foul. Senate President Cathy Giessel said the changes were discussed during an hours-long caucus meeting...

Alaska House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, right, an independent from Dillingham, shares a laugh with House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, left, before the start of the 2020 legislative session, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska Legislature convenes with familiar issues to face

Jan. 21, 2020 9:23 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers began a new legislative session Tuesday in which they'll resume debates that have dominated recent sessions amid middling oil prices, including the size of the check to pay residents from the state's oil-wealth fund. Some lawmakers are hopeful agreement can be reached...

Judge halts enforcement of decision in Alaska recall case

Jan. 21, 2020 7:04 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge on Tuesday put on hold a decision that would have allowed supporters of an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy to begin a new signature-gathering phase. Earlier this month, Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth in Anchorage said petitions should be issued by...