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News from The Juneau Empire

Published: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 01:18:00 EST

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Intern credited for only bill to become law this session

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:37:00 EST

With the 2011 legislative session already three-quarters done, only a single bill has yet passed the Alaska Legislature and been signed into law by Gov. Sean Parnell.

Committee bill limits scope of Alaska oil tax cut

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:37:00 EST

JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee unveiled what is intended to be a more limited version of Gov. Sean Parnell’s plan to cut oil production taxes Monday.

Photo: No cold feet at this wedding

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:32:00 EST

Carl Eady, second from right, and Joan Kitchen, second from left, enjoy a laugh together during their wedding ceremony beneath an ice sculpture of three horses titled “Freedom” on Sunday afternoon at the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks.

Coast Guard unit moving to Juneau

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:25:00 EST

Coast Guard Electronics System Support Unit Kodiak is scheduled to move to juneau under the newly established ESU Juneau command Friday.

Capitol talk turns to special sessions

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:37:00 EST

With several issues hanging fire with the 2011 Alaska Legislature entering its last few weeks, some legislators are beginning to talk special session.

Senators question gov's health exchange strategy

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:32:00 EST

JUNEAU — Lawmakers scrutinized Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell’s approach to establishing a health care exchange Monday, with a leader of the powerful Senate Finance Committee questioning whether Parnell intended to consult with the Legislature on the “major public policy question.”

Bill would let minors in military drink, smoke

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:25:00 EST

JUNEAU — Military members under the age of 21 would be allowed to legally drink and smoke under a bill introduced by an Alaska lawmaker.

Rep: No ethical conflict in firefighter bill

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:32:00 EST

JUNEAU — A Republican lawmaker said Monday that he sees no ethical conflict between his serving as a volunteer firefighter and a bill he’s proposing that would give property tax breaks to volunteer firefighters.