Latest Alaska State Legislature News

Alaska lawmakers face proposed salary hike, allowance limits

Jan. 18, 2022 22:14 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A commission tasked with reviewing legislative pay on Tuesday voted to raise the annual salary for Alaska lawmakers but to restrict the daily allowance lawmakers can receive. The changes will go forward unless the Legislature expressly rejects them. The...

Election overhaul in Alaska aimed at reducing partisanship

Jan. 16, 2022 11:46 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — As partisan warfare has become the norm in state legislatures and Congress, Alaska is set to embark on an experiment to see if voters themselves can disarm the combatants. A new election system, narrowly passed by voters in 2020 and set to be used in this...

Panel proposes higher Alaska lawmaker salary, allowance cut

Jan. 04, 2022 20:58 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A commission tasked with making recommendations for state legislative pay advanced a proposal Tuesday to raise the annual salary for Alaska lawmakers from $50,400 to $64,000 and place limits on the daily allowance lawmakers receive. The State Officer...

Former Alaska Senate president Giessel to seek office again

Dec. 01, 2021 15:59 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel plans to run for the state Senate next year. Giessel, an Anchorage Republican, is listed as a candidate with the state Division of Elections. Giessel announced her plans Wednesday in the newsletter she...

Conservative freshman lawmaker enters Alaska governor's race

Nov. 29, 2021 20:15 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A conservative freshman state legislator announced plans Monday to run for governor in Alaska, joining a field that includes Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a former governor and a former state lawmaker. Rep. Christopher Kurka, a Wasilla Republican,...

70 West Point graduates call on Alaska lawmaker to resign

Nov. 23, 2021 16:38 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dozens of West Point graduates have demanded state Rep. David Eastman resign from office over his ties to a right-wing extremist group, saying his affiliation has betrayed the values of the U.S. Military Academy that he attended. A letter signed...

Critics raise concerns with new Alaska political boundaries

Nov. 16, 2021 18:38 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A fast-growing area north of Anchorage known as a hotbed of conservatism gained the most population since the 2010 Census and will keep the same number of seats in the Alaska Legislature under a new map of state political boundaries that some critics say short-changes...

Begich announces US House bid: 'Alaska needs new energy'

Oct. 28, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — Nicholas Begich III on Thursday kicked off his campaign for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House against the longest-serving Republican in that chamber, saying Alaska needs new energy. Begich, 44, addressed a group of supporters in a small room...

Alaska special session trudges on with little action

Oct. 26, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature is in special session but it's quiet at the Capitol, where many legislative offices have been dark, floor sessions in some cases have lasted seconds and little progress has been made toward resolving the state's fiscal issues. ...

State drops open container citation against Alaska lawmaker

Oct. 26, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An open container citation issued to an Alaska state lawmaker has been dismissed because the trooper who issued the citation is no longer in state employment after being accused of sexual abuse of a minor. State Sen. Josh Revak, an Anchorage...