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.
Legislators will still have to figure out whether they will approve boosted funding for this year.
Some legislators might not be so thrilled to be on the same ballot as a measure targeting their per diem.
Senate President Pete Kelly, the sponsor of the contraceptive study bill, faced tough questioning by the House Finance Committee.
It wasn’t a particularly exciting end to the voter-approved 90-day session.
Walker’s appointment to the Board of Midwives had a work past many social conservatives found objectionable.
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.
The study would look at the effectiveness of providing long-term contraceptives to women suffering from substance abuse.