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.
The Senate also passed a bill that would free up Alaska Native corporations from liability for contaminated lands conveyed to them by the feds.
Instead, legislators voted to support a $1,600 dividend.
The House continued to be frozen over the operating budget.
The amendment would add about $900 million to the state operating budget.
Changes to legislator compensation and endless special sessions have the legislator ready to step aside.