A final capital budget passed the Senate today by a vote of 15 to 4.
Alaska Congressman Don Young today led efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives to approve the passage of H.R. 218, the King Cove Road Land Exchange Act, legislation he’s spearheading with Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan to facilitate a life-saving road for the isolated community of King Cove, Alaska. Met with opposition featuring dishonest and misleading arguments used in previous efforts to deny the life-saving road, the legislation passed with bipartisan support 248 to 179.
Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources unanimously approved legislation introduced by Alaska Congressman Don Young to settle a long-standing claim by the Alaska Natives from Alexander Creek, Alaska. The legislation, H.R. 1418, would amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) to recognize Alexander Creek, Alaska as an Alaska Native Village – entitling them to the same benefits entrusted to other Native Village Corporations established pursuant to the law.
Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in June, one-tenth of a percentage point higher than May. The comparable national rate was 4.4 percent.
The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to consider checking their tax withholding, keeping in mind several factors that could affect potential refunds or taxes they may owe in 2018.
July 25, 2017. Today marks the completion of the purchase of four additional segments of a multi-segment land acquisition in and around Cube Cove on Admiralty Island using congressionally appropriated funds.
Governor Bill Walker today signed major opioid reforms into law as a critical next step in Building a Safer Alaska. House Bill 159 passed both houses with sweeping, bipartisan support; it was carried in the House by Representative Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage) and in the Senate by Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna).
Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed House Bill 103 into law, delegating increased authority over the regulation of optometrists to the Board of Examiners of Optometry. HB 103 was introduced by Representative Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage) and its Senate companion, Senate Bill 36, was introduced by Senator Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage). The bill passed both the Alaska House of Representatives and Alaska Senate with strong bipartisan support in April and May.
Governor Bill Walker today announced 42 new appointments to Boards and Commissions. The appointments fill vacancies on several regulatory and advisory bodies, including the Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council, the Oil and Gas Competitiveness Review Board, and the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council.