The Alaska State Capitol Building. (Aug. 31, 2010) Photo courtesy of Jay Galvin/Wikimedia Commons

Alaska Senate takes action against Reinbold over virus rules

The Alaska Senate voted Wednesday, March 10 to allow leadership to restrict access to the Capitol by Republican Sen. Lora Reinbold, who fellow lawmakers say has refused to follow measures meant to guard against COVID-19.

Alaska senators say ‘no’ to American Rescue Plan Act

A $1.9 trillion federal economic relief package approved by both houses of Congress, and sent to the White House for President Joe Biden’s signature, drew a thumbs down from Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska.
Cruise liner Le Soléal departs Orca Inlet. (Aug. 21, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Tourism-boosting legislation introduced in Senate

Alaska’s congressional delegation now is working both houses of Congress in hope of clearing the way for cruise ships departing Washington state to bring visitors to the state this summer, a move critical to the tourism industry.

Sullivan is ranking GOP member on 2 Senate subcommittees

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, has been named as the ranking Republican member of two Senate subcommittees in the 117th Congress, one on fisheries and the other on armed services.

Stevens: Kudos to Superior Court ruling on appointees

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, praised an Alaska Superior Court decision finding that Gov. Mike Dunleavy could not lawfully extend the appointments of a number of individuals, who were not confirmed by the Legislature in time for the December 2020 deadline, until the start of the new session.

Schatz, Murkowski will head Senate Indian Affairs committee

Sens. Brian Schatz, D-HawaiI and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have been elected unanimously as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
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Alaska Senate OKs remote voting if needed during pandemic

“Nobody hopes we have to do it. ... But we needed to have something in place just in case that should happen,” Sen. Gary Stevens said.

MAST Act would prevent closure of oceans to exploration

Legislation introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, on Thursday, Jan. 27, would prevent future closure of oceans from economic and recreational activity, including resource development and fishing, without congressional approval.

Nominations period extended for Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards

Nominations remain open until Jan. 28 for the Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards, honoring those who have made significant contributions to ocean sciences, education and resource management in Alaska.

Alaska House Majority denounces mob violence

Legislators appalled at the mob violence in the nation’s capital on Jan. 6, in which hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, have condemned their action as an assault on democracy itself.

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