A last-minute amendment by a former bar owner targeting distilleries and breweries snarled a fix to the distillery the cocktail issue and years of negotiations on alcohol laws.
The Senate Rules Committee rejected an amendment to call loss of Alaska Native languages an “emergency” after changing it to “urgent need.”
On a party line vote, the committee advanced the bill without amendments or answers to the many questions raised during the hearing.
The bill already has the support of half of the House.
Senators gripe about Medicaid spending and wonder if education budgeting can be done better.
“It’s something that we know best about.”
In our March 19 episode, Casey Reynolds and former Wasilla legislator Lynn Gattis discuss Donald Trump’s latest bout with “alternative facts”, the Alaska state budget, and what the reaction of Alaskans has been to the State Senate passing PFD reform. Casey then interviews Kenai-Soldotna area Senator Peter Micciche to get his take on the state budget and his body’s PFD reform package.
The Alaska State Senate Majority held their first press conference today. If you don’t have a half-hour of free time to watch the whole thing, here are our CliffsNotes version of what was said.
In our January 1 episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar are joined by current State Senate President Kevin Meyer to discuss the senate’s position on the state budget, his proposed bill to end state legislator sponsored PACs, and his general antipathy for Senator Peter Micciche.
Yesterday we went negative to close out 2016, but today we go positive. Here are the best things we saw in Alaska politics this year.