Latest Alaska State Legislature News

Lawmaker cited for open beer fellow legislator says was his

Oct. 19, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state lawmaker was cited for driving with an open can of beer in his vehicle that another lawmaker said was actually his. Republican Sen. Josh Revak plans to challenge the $220 ticket, which was issued in August, the Anchorage Daily News...

Lawmaker: 2 Alaska state senators test positive for COVID-19

Oct. 12, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two Alaska state senators have tested positive for COVID-19 and a third was not feeling well and awaiting test results, Senate President Peter Micciche said Tuesday. He did not identify the lawmakers who had tested positive. ...

Some Alaska legislators urge easier ivermectin access

Oct. 12, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Several Republican state lawmakers are urging easier access for Alaskans to ivermectin amid the pandemic, though ivermectin is not authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for preventing or treating COVID-19. Senate Majority Leader...

Alaska Legislature's special session pushed back to Monday

Sep. 29, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The start of the Alaska Legislature’s special session has been pushed back to Monday. It had originally been scheduled to start Friday, but has been pushed back to Monday afternoon to ensure enough lawmakers are present in Juneau to convent,...

Alaska governor will let stand dividend lawmakers passed

Sep. 14, 2021 23:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate approved a roughly $1,100 dividend on the last day of a special session Tuesday, after the House canceled its floor session and left the Senate with what amounted to a take-it-or-leave-it decision on the check for residents that the House had...

Alaska Democratic lawmaker apologizes after Nazi comment

Sep. 14, 2021 20:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A member of the Alaska Legislature has apologized for saying Nazi experimentation on prisoners “produced results.” State Rep. Sara Hannan, a Democrat from Juneau, made the comment Saturday when House minority Republicans were attempting a vote...

Alaska special session nears end with unresolved debates

Sep. 14, 2021 00:55 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A bill that would set a dividend for Alaska residents this year sat another day in a Senate committee on Monday, while a bill intended to help with medical facility staffing concerns amid a COVID-19 surge appeared dead in the House as lawmakers neared the end of their...

Alaska dividend unsettled as special session nears end

Sep. 12, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers have yet to agree on a dividend payout to residents this year though legislative leaders say they hope to do so by the end of this special session, which is Tuesday. “I'd like to see that. I think that’s fair to Alaskans,”...

Pandemic bill passes Alaska Senate in second vote

Sep. 10, 2021 22:55 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate passed legislation Friday intended to help address staffing concerns at medical facilities, hours after the bill failed to win sufficient support following the adoption of vaccine-related provisions some saw as hindering public health efforts during...

Alaska lawmaker suspended by airline seeks Senate excusal

Sep. 10, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state lawmaker requested an excusal from the state Senate until mid-January, citing the challenges of traveling to Juneau from Anchorage after she was suspended from flying on Alaska Airlines earlier this year. Republican Sen. Lora...