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Federal Changes Regarding Religions Exemptions and Accommodations Announced None 

Federal Changes Regarding Religions Exemptions and Accommodations Announced

Today, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Internal Revenue Service, and Employee Benefits Security Administration filed two interim final rules providing a broader exemption from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) female contraceptive coverage mandate.

Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Mallott Honor Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska None 

Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Mallott Honor Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska

Governor Bill Walker and Lt. Governor Byron Mallott today join Alaskans statewide in honoring Indigenous Peoples Day, and recognizing the history and heritage of Alaska’s First Peoples. Earlier this year, Governor Walker signed House Bill 78 into law, formally establishing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day. In 2015 and 2016, Governor Walker issued one-year executive proclamations to make the designation.

Young’s Native American Energy Act Approved in Committee None 

Young’s Native American Energy Act Approved in Committee

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 210, the Native American Energy Act, legislation sponsored by Alaska Congressman Don Young that addresses the federal government’s overregulation of Indian lands and promotes energy development by Indian tribes and Alaska Native Corporations.

Allison Mendel Receives Attorney General’s Award for Pro Bono Service None 

Allison Mendel Receives Attorney General’s Award for Pro Bono Service

Deputy Attorney General Ed Sniffen presented the eighth annual Attorney General’s Award for Pro Bono Service to Allison Mendel yesterday at a ceremony celebrating the fortieth anniversary of AWAIC (Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis) and marking the start of Domestic Violence Action Month.

Register now: Population and Economic Data Conference and Workshop in Juneau None 

Register now: Population and Economic Data Conference and Workshop in Juneau

On Oct. 12 and 13, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the U.S. Census Bureau’s sixth annual population and economic data conference will be held at the Andrew P. Kashevaroff (APK) Building in Juneau.

October 2017 Alaska Economic Trends None 

October 2017 Alaska Economic Trends

Anchorage Police Department Implements New Crime Suppression Initiative None 

Anchorage Police Department Implements New Crime Suppression Initiative

Today, the Anchorage Police Department released a new crime suppression initiative to address violent crime and drug activity in Anchorage.

Coast Guard Signs Memorandum of Agreement with University of Alaska Southeast None 

Coast Guard Signs Memorandum of Agreement with University of Alaska Southeast

Alaska- On behalf of the Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zunkuft, Rear Adm. Michael McAllister, Seventeenth Coast Guard District commander, signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Alaska Southeast, establishing the university as a member of the Coast Guard’s Minority-Serving Institution partnership program, Monday.

Governor Walker Appoints Commissioner Andy Mack to Permanent Fund Corp. Board None 

Governor Walker Appoints Commissioner Andy Mack to Permanent Fund Corp. Board

Governor Bill Walker announced today the appointment of Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Andy Mack to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees. The six-member board sets policy for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC), and other funds designated by law, including the Alaska Mental Health Trust Fund. Commissioner Mack will fill a board seat reserved for one of the Governor’s cabinet members; the seat was vacated when former Department of Revenue (DOR) Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck retired in August. DOR Commissioner Sheldon Fisher holds the other Governor’s Cabinet seat on the Board.

Alaska’s total wages up 0.6 percent in first quarter 2017 from prior year None 

Alaska’s total wages up 0.6 percent in first quarter 2017 from prior year

Newly released data for the first quarter of 2017 show small increases in total wages in most sectors of Alaska’s economy. Wages increased by $25 million overall, or 0.6 percent, compared to the same period in 2016.