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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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