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October 19, 2017
Senator Cathy GiesselChairs Announce Working Group Members, Formation of Advisory Group

ANCHORAGE – The co-chairs of the legislative working group created by House Bill 111, Sen Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage) and Rep Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), announced today the working group’s membership, along with the formation of...  Full Story >>

October 13, 2017
Senator Cathy GiesselSenators Call on Lt. Gov. Mallot to Fight Ballot Box Biology

ANCHORAGE – Today, members of the Alaska Senate Majority urged Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott to appeal a recent ruling allowing an unconstitutional initiative to proceed.  Full Story >>

October 2, 2017
Senator John CoghillSenators Disappointed by 9th Circuit’s Decision in Water Rights Case

ANCHORAGE – Members of the Alaska Senate Majority today expressed disappointment with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Sturgeon v Masica, a case centered on Alaskans’ right to manage their navigable waterways...  Full Story >>

September 29, 2017
Senator Lyman HoffmanSen. Hoffman Thanks DOT for Swift Response to Bethel Highway Needs

BETHEL – Sen Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, today thanked Marc Luiken, Commissioner of the Alaska Department Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT), for the Walker administration’s swift response to needed repairs on the Chief...  Full Story >>

September 22, 2017
Senator Pete KellyStatement from Sen. Kelly on Special Session Proclamation

FAIRBANKS – Sen Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, President of the Alaska Senate, today released the following statement in response to Gov Bill Walker’s proclamation convening the 30th Alaska State Legislature on October 23 for its...  Full Story >>

September 7, 2017
Senator Pete KellySenators Respond to Ahtna’s Rejection of Klutina Settlement

FAIRBANKS – Members of the Alaska Senate Majority today responded to Ahtna, Inc ’s rejection of the Walker administration’s proposed settlement regarding public access to Klutina Lake Road and the Gulkana River...  Full Story >>

July 28, 2017
Senator Cathy GiesselBill Ending Cash Payments to Oil & Gas Companies Becomes Law

JUNEAU – Today, Gov. Bill Walker signed House Bill 111 into law, legislation that ends the state's program of cash payments to companies in the oil and gas industry.  Full Story >>

July 27, 2017
Senator Anna MacKinnonCapital Budget Passes Senate

“Today’s Senate action is welcome news for Alaskans who depend on safe roads and infrastructure,” said Sen Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River “By leveraging federal highway funds, we realize a 10 to 1 return for general fund dollars...  Full Story >>

July 26, 2017
Senator Anna MacKinnonCompromise Capital Budget Keeps Alaskans Working

ANCHORAGE – Today, the Alaska Legislature released a proposed bipartisan capital budget agreement The measure reflects a compromise between the House and Senate, recognizing the importance the capital budget has on Alaska’s...  Full Story >>

July 24, 2017
Senator Pete KellyLegislature to Convene Thursday for Capital Budget

ANCHORAGE – Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, and Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, today released the following statement.  Full Story >>

July 21, 2017
Senator Anna MacKinnonLegislature to Finalize Capital Budget Next Week

ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Legislature will reconvene in Juneau next week to finalize the Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Budget following an agreement reached by both bodies.  Full Story >>

July 19, 2017
Senator Pete KellySen. Kelly Praises Key Alaskan Appointment in Trump Admin.

FAIRBANKS – Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, today praised the announcement by President Donald J Trump naming Joe Balash, an Alaskan, to Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Land and Mineral management...  Full Story >>

July 16, 2017
Senator Anna MacKinnonAlaska Senate Invites House to Address Capital Budget

JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska State Senate invited the House to join them in a new special session beginning this week in Juneau to finalize a capital budget that keeps Alaskans working on key projects across the state...  Full Story >>

July 16, 2017
Senator Cathy GiesselSenate Acts to End Cash Oil Credits

A final compromise between the Senate and the House will end cash payments for oil and gas tax credits July 1, 2017, a move expected to save the state $200 million through the end of this year and up to $200 million each year in the future...  Full Story >>

July 12, 2017
Senator David WilsonSen. Wilson Commends Effort to Lower Alaskans’ Health Care Costs

WASILLA – Sen David Wilson (R-Wasilla, Mat-Su), chair of the Senate Health and Social Services Committee, today commended the Walker and Trump administrations and Alaska’s congressional delegation for working together to...  Full Story >>

June 29, 2017
Senator Cathy GiesselSenate Majority Offers Path to End Oil & Gas Cash Payments

With little more than two weeks remaining in the second special session called by Gov Bill Walker, Senators are urging their colleagues in the Alaska House to come to the table and end a program both sides agree the state can no longer afford...  Full Story >>

June 22, 2017
Majority Press OfficeLegislature Approves Budget Compromise

JUNEAU – The Alaska Legislature today delivered a reduced budget that averts a government shutdown while protecting the Permanent Fund and future years’ dividends.  Full Story >>

June 15, 2017
Senator Pete KellySenate Disappointed by House Majority’s Failure to Compromise

JUNEAU – Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, released the following statement today in response to the House Majority’s failure to compromise on an operating budget.  Full Story >>

June 15, 2017
Senator Mia CostelloJobs & Transportation Bill Invites Rideshare to Last Frontier

JUNEAU – Ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber will be able to operate in Alaska today thanks to legislation supported by Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage.  Full Story >>

June 14, 2017
Senator Pete KellySen. Kelly Calls on House Majority to Negotiate a Budget

JUNEAU – Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, released the following statement today, calling on the House Majority to resume negotiations on an operating budget.  Full Story >>

June 6, 2017
Senator Pete KellySen. Kelly Responds to Governor’s Compromise Package

JUNEAU – Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, released the following statement today in response to the governor’s compromise package.  Full Story >>

June 2, 2017
Senator Pete KellySen. Kelly Releases Statement on Prioritizing Budget

JUNEAU – Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, released the following statement today on the need to prioritize passage of an operating budget.  Full Story >>

May 31, 2017
Senator Cathy GiesselGiessel Welcomes Order Boosting Oil Drilling in NPRA, Reviewing 1002

JUNEAU – Today, in an effort to boost oil and gas development in Alaska, U S Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed an order paving the way for development in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA) and reviewing the 1002 area...  Full Story >>

May 17, 2017
Senator Pete KellySenate Stands Ready to Finalize Fiscal Compromise

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate delivered a responsible operating budget and a sustainable fiscal solution while protecting working Alaskans from an income tax, all key priorities in a year with serious fiscal challenges...  Full Story >>

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