From smoking bills to university and from foster care to the wealthy, here’s our winners list for the 2018 legislative session.
Most expect Eagle River Republican Rep. Lora Reinbold will seek the open seat.
The bill restructures the permanent fund to pay for government, formalizing what the Legislature was already planning on doing. Some say it’ll act like a spending limit, others worry it’ll be easily ignored.
The Senate also rolled out a capital budget with an extra $4 million for public safety, the brewery battle is getting serious and all but one legislator has approved a bill dealing with sexual assault training.
“It’s something that we know best about.”
The “Sexual and Other Workplace Harassment Policy Subcommittee” was formed by the Legislative Council last week after sexual harassment allegations involving a state senator dating back to June surfaced this month.
What is Alaska politics without a special session to talk about? This week hosts Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar dig into Gov. Walker’s announcement that he will call legislators back into yet another special session in late October. What will the call include and will legislators actually pass anything? Casey and Forrest will tell you. Then the discussion turns to campaign season as several state senate races appear to be shaping up and Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz officially filed his campaign finance paperwork this week, so we know he is running. Who will run against him and what are their chances? You have to listen to find out. We also talk with newly announced candidate for Lt. Governor, former Rep. Lynn Gattis about her campaign and whether she thinks legislators will get anything done in October.
On our May 14 episode of Alaska’s most listened-to political podcast, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss the hot political issues of the day– James Comey’s dismissal, the state budget, the legislative session as it careens towards overtime, the Real ID bill, and the censure of Rep. David Eastman. Casey and Forrest are also joined by a surprise guest this week. Former legislative staffer and UAA student Genevieve Mina tells us about her experience as a young person in Juneau during the legislative session. We greatly appreciate Genevieve being available on short notice, after an extended House floor session on Saturday prevented our previously-scheduled guest from making it on the program.
The many tales of Eagle River politics and Cathy Giessel’s bad, bad week. It’s Friday in the Sun!!!
The Alaska State Senate Majority today released their full list of committee assignments. The only noteworthy assignment I see is freshman Sen-elect Natasha Von Imhof got a seat on Finance, but that has been known for some time. Everything else looks pretty status quo.