The increase is $5 million above the flat funding proposed by Gov. Bill Walker and about $14 million below what’s proposed in the House budget.
The study would look at the effectiveness of providing long-term contraceptives to women suffering from substance abuse.
The Senate also passed a bill that would free up Alaska Native corporations from liability for contaminated lands conveyed to them by the feds.
There have been better weeks for the Alaska Legislature.
The Senate also seems to be backing away from a major voter record law change.
The House continued to be frozen over the operating budget.
A House committee also introduced an updated version of the gun violence protective order bill that narrows the scope of the bill.
The House moved to increase this year’s dividend, but it became an argument between a dividend at $1,600 or a fully funded one.
The floor debate on the budget once again came to a crashing halt.
One amendment would have forced people to choose between their PFD and public assistance.