The Alaska Legislature approved a state spending package following a series of dramatic votes in the Senate and impassioned speeches highlighting the tensions over the annual dividend paid to residents and the frayed nerves after five months in session.
The Alaska House passed a state budget that would result in a $525 dividend to residents this year and leave in doubt funding for a number of programs and infrastructure projects after it failed to garner sufficient support on a key vote.
Legislation calling for clear labeling of genetically engineered salmon is now back before the U.S. Senate, in a continuing effort by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to ensure that consumers are aware the product is not wild Alaska fish.
Legislation sponsored by the House Fisheries Committee that would eliminate the requirement for a commercial fishing boat to be registered with the Division of Motor Vehicles and the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission has passed the House.
Bipartisan legislation introduced in Congress in early May would prohibit the export of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking tribal cultural patrimony, property inherited from one’s male ancestor.
A bill introduced in the waning days of this year's legislative session would require schools to designate school-sponsored athletic teams or sports as male, female or co-ed and require students who participate in a sport designated for females to be "female, based on the participant's biological sex."
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