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April 25, 2017
Senator Mia CostelloSenate Committee Evaluates Costs of Standing Up ‘Alaska IRS’

JUNEAU – If the income tax backed by the House Democrat Majority and the Governor becomes law, Alaska would have to hire at least 60 new state employees to stand up its very own ‘Alaska IRS’.  Full Story >>

April 24, 2017
Senator Cathy GiesselSenate Resources Eliminates Oil & Gas Cash Credits Statewide

JUNEAU – Faced with multi-year budget shortfalls and the concern of significant financial exposure, the Senate Resources Committee moved today to finish the work of ending the state’s long-standing program offering cash credits...  Full Story >>

April 24, 2017
Senator Shelley HughesHealthcare Price Info & Incentive Bill Introduced in Senate

JUNEAU – A bill to help Alaskans access more affordable healthcare by addressing rising costs was introduced today in the state Senate.  Full Story >>

April 19, 2017
Senator John CoghillSenate Provides Health Insurance for Families of Fallen Officers

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate unanimously passed a bill today that provides for medical insurance coverage for surviving dependents of peace officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.  Full Story >>

April 18, 2017
Senator Cathy GiesselTestimony Affirms Need to Protect Oil Tax Regime, Investment

JUNEAU – This week, powerful public testimony and guidance from expert witnesses in the Senate Resources Committee contradicted the significant oil tax policy changes approved by the House of Representatives, now under...  Full Story >>

April 15, 2017
Senator Pete KellySen. Kelly Releases Statement on House Democrats’ Income Tax

JUNEAU – Today, on the 89th day of the legislative session, the Alaska House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill, HB 115, that would impose an income tax on working Alaskans in the midst of a recession In response, Senate President...  Full Story >>

April 14, 2017
Senator Click BishopPFD Raffle to Fund Education Passes Senate

JUNEAU – By a vote of 19-1, the Alaska State Senate today approved Senate Bill 78, a bill that would allow Alaskans to voluntarily sign-up for a raffle to fund education – and possibly win big money – when they send in their annual...  Full Story >>

April 13, 2017
Senator David WilsonSen. Wilson Welcomes Support of U.S. FTC and DOJ

JUNEAU – Today, Sen David Wilson (R-Wasilla) welcomed a joint statement of support from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U S Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division for his effort to introduce competition into...  Full Story >>

April 13, 2017
Senator Bert StedmanSenate Approves Land Exchange to Allow for Timber Harvest

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate unanimously approved a measure today allowing for a land exchange between the state and federal government to make 20,000 acres available for timber harvesting.  Full Story >>

April 13, 2017
Majority Press OfficeSenate Committed to Protecting Seniors in Alaska’s Pioneer Homes

JUNEAU – Alaska State Senators sent a clear, formal message today of their commitment to seniors and veterans residing in Alaska’s Pioneer Homes.  Full Story >>

April 12, 2017
Senator John CoghillLegislature Helps Spur Economic Growth in Military Communities

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Legislature unanimously passed a bill today that will spur economic growth around Alaska’s military communities.  Full Story >>

April 11, 2017
Senator David WilsonMat-Su Delegation Responds to Threats to Palmer Vets and Pioneer Home Closure

JUNEAU – Following concerns expressed by a number of area residents regarding the possible closure of the Palmer Veterans and Pioneer Home, the Matanuska-Susitna legislative delegation issued the following joint statement today...  Full Story >>

April 11, 2017
Majority Press OfficeSenate President Kelly Statement on Committee Changes

JUNEAU – Today, Senate President Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks) released the following statement after the Senate Committee on Committees named Senate majority caucus members to several positions, following Sen Mike Dunleavy’s...  Full Story >>

April 10, 2017
Senator Bert StedmanSenate Supports Petersburg Land Grant

JUNEAU – In an effort to promote economic development, the Alaska State Senate unanimously approved a measure today granting Petersburg additional acres of land.  Full Story >>

April 10, 2017
Senator John CoghillSenate Improves Protections against Identity Theft

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate unanimously passed a bill today that improves consumer protection rules against identity theft for vulnerable populations.  Full Story >>

April 10, 2017
Senator Shelley HughesBill Legalizing Industrial Hemp Production Passes Senate

JUNEAU – Today, a bill legalizing industrial hemp production unanimously passed the Alaska State Senate.  Full Story >>

April 7, 2017
Senator John CoghillEffort to Increase Public Safety Passes Senate

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate passed legislation today protecting public safety, following through on a commitment to Alaskans to ensure police have the tools they need to fight crime and to restore public confidence...  Full Story >>

April 7, 2017
Senator Anna MacKinnonSenate Approves Safeguard of State Finances

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate unanimously approved a measure today safeguarding the state’s financial position.  Full Story >>

April 6, 2017
Senator Lyman HoffmanSenate Passes Sustainable Budget

JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate Majority passed a sustainable operating budget today, reducing state spending by $276 million after a precipitous drop in the price of oil left the state with a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall...  Full Story >>

April 5, 2017
Senator Pete KellySenate President Kelly Statement on Passing of Dan Fauske

JUNEAU – Senate President Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks) released the following statement in response to the passing of Dan Fauske, former CEO of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) and President of the Alaska Gasline...  Full Story >>

April 5, 2017
Senator David WilsonLegislature Recognizes Black Soldiers’ Contributions to AK Highway

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Legislature passed a bill today formally recognizing the contributions of African American soldiers to the building of the Alaska Highway.  Full Story >>

April 3, 2017
Senator Anna MacKinnonTrio of New Bills Focused on Improving K-12 Education

JUNEAU – A trio of bills introduced in the Alaska State Senate today would improve educational outcomes for students by establishing innovation grants, boosting broadband capacity, and provide districts with a three year reprieve...  Full Story >>

April 3, 2017
Senator John CoghillSenate Approves Technical Revisions to Criminal Justice Reform

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate unanimously passed a bill today that makes technical revisions to the criminal justice reform package passed by the Legislature in 2016.  Full Story >>

March 23, 2017
Senator Mia CostelloSenate Majority gives Ridesharing Bill Greenlight

JUNEAU – A bill to allow ridesharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and SideCar to operate in Alaska passed the Alaska State Senate today by a vote of 14 to 5.  Full Story >>

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