The conference committee on the bill met after nearly a year of deadlock on the measure and requested powers that would let it rewrite key parts of the bill.
The Senate initially refused to sound off against a federal rollback of lenient marijuana policy, but the final joint resolution stands up in support of Alaska’s industry.
Senate President Pete Kelly, the sponsor of the contraceptive study bill, faced tough questioning by the House Finance Committee.
The House also passed a bill officially naming Sept. 11 as “Patriot Day.”
It wasn’t a particularly exciting end to the voter-approved 90-day session.
The treatment of the smoke-free workplace bill was a step too far.
Legislators are working like they’ll be out in 90 days. Here’s what happened and what to look forward to.
The three bills had been sidelined amid a “Mini Mutiny” of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s meeting devolved on Saturday amid brinkmanship between the chair and its members.
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.