ANCHORAGE – The Supreme Court ruled today against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of the new Mercury and Air Toxic Standards rule, saying the agency failed to properly consider the costs of the regulation.
ANCHORAGE – Alaska today launched a comprehensive review of the state’s criminal justice system aimed at developing data-driven reforms to better protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs. Governor Bill Walker, Chief Justice Dana Fabe, Senate President Kevin Meyer, House Speaker Mike Chenault, and Attorney General Craig Richards have charged the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission with submitting recommendations to the Governor and Legislature in November for consideration during the 2016 legislative session.
KENAI – Alaska State Senate Resources Chair Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage) issued the following comment on U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski's action blocking federal action to expand its authority on waterways in Alaska:
The Alaska Legislature reached a budget agreement today, avoiding a government shutdown, while holding the line on $800 million of spending reductions.
Today, the Senate Finance Committee passed legislation to protect Alaska’s children from sexual abuse. HB 44, the Alaska Safe Children’s Act, provides a framework to develop curriculum and training for Alaska schools in an effort to reduce rates of sexual abuse and violence.