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Boat and Ship Building Sector in Alaska Poised for Growth

Boat and Ship Building Sector in Alaska Poised for Growth

New emerging sector report is first in five-part series
The State of Alaska Division of Economic Development, in partnership with the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, released the first in a series of reports examining several emerging economic sectors in Alaska. The report focuses on Alaska’s promising boat and ship building sector.
Alaska House Votes to Allow Elected Officials to Solemnize Marriages

Alaska House Votes to Allow Elected Officials to Solemnize Marriages

HB 20 Adds Elected Officials to the List of Groups Who May Solemnize Weddings in Alaska
With recent court closures, adding elected officials to this list provides Alaskans an easily accessible marriage option to perform the ceremony without having to go through the time-consuming process of arranging for a marriage commissioner appointment.
House Unanimously Passes Legislation Authorizing Commercial Hemp Farming in Alask

House Unanimously Passes Legislation Authorizing Commercial Hemp Farming in Alask

Senate Bill 6 Defines Hemp as an Agricultural Product; Removes Industrial Hemp from List of Controlled Substances
The bill passed the house by a vote of 36-0... SB 6 was carried on the House floor by Rep. Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage).
Minimum Wage Exemption for Persons with Disabilities Eliminated

Minimum Wage Exemption for Persons with Disabilities Eliminated

Following a regulatory change that goes into effect today, Alaska employers are no longer allowed to pay less than minimum wage to workers who experience disabilities. In repealing 8 AAC 15.120, Alaska joins New Hampshire and Maryland as the first states in the nation to eliminate payment of subminimum wages for persons with disabilities.
GCI Hires Jim Steele as Director of GCI Government

GCI Hires Jim Steele as Director of GCI Government

Steele brings more than 25 years of technology experience to GCI’s government team
GCI, Alaska’s largest communications and technology company, announced today that Jim Steele has been hired as director of GCI Government, within GCI’s Government, Healthcare & Education team.
John Lincoln of Kotzebue Appointed to Vacant House District 40 Seat

John Lincoln of Kotzebue Appointed to Vacant House District 40 Seat

Secretary Zinke Approves Initial Plan to Build a Life-Saving Road for Alaska Native Village of King Cove

Secretary Zinke Approves Initial Plan to Build a Life-Saving Road for Alaska Native Village of King Cove

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed an agreement with the Alaska Native King Cove Native Corp., which is made up of tribal members from the local Agdaagux and Belkofski tribes, to build a life-saving road between the Native village and the nearby all-weather airport in Cold Bay.
Using His Own Plane, Recruiter Flies Around Remote Alaska to Fill Army Ranks

Using His Own Plane, Recruiter Flies Around Remote Alaska to Fill Army Ranks

As a new recruiter working remote Alaskan villages scattered across an area larger than many U.S. states, Sgt. 1st Class Robert Masterman was on a path to defeat.
State of the State: Now is the Time for Alaska to Control its Own Destiny

State of the State: Now is the Time for Alaska to Control its Own Destiny

Highlights leadership of Walker-Mallott Administration; optimistic about Alaska’s future
Governor Bill Walker, in his fourth State of the State Address, called on lawmakers to enable Alaska to control its own destiny by resolving our fiscal challenges during the legislative session that is now under way.
Legislation Introduced to Help More Military Spouses Work in Alaska

Legislation Introduced to Help More Military Spouses Work in Alaska

HB 262 Calls for Expedited Regulations Allowing Temporary Occupational Licenses for Eligible Military Spouses
Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) has pre-filed legislation calling for new regulations to allow military spouses to use occupational licenses from other states in Alaska.
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