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Topic - Sean Parnell
With the Legislature more than halfway through its scheduled 90-day session, major bills are starting to take shape - and a controversial bill from the past has re-emerged.
Gov. Sean Parnell has named nine members to a group created to recommended changes to Alaska's Medicaid program.
A California man with ties to the oil industry is the newest member of the Alaska board that sets the value for oil industry property, and a spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell says the appointment is legal - despite a state law that requires board members to be registered Alaska voters.
The House Education Committee amended Gov. Sean Parnell's omnibus education bill Friday over complaints with the pace with which the process was moving.
Members of the state House Education Committee raised concerns on Wednesday that Alaska could end up with more school districts if charter schools are authorized by entities other than local school boards.
Gov. Sean Parnell's position on the cleanup of soil contaminated at the North Pole Refinery will make it impossible to sell the plant, according to the owner.
A new buyer of the North Pole refinery will be not be held responsible for groundwater contamination that leaked from the plant, but that won't be the case for the current owner, according to Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell.
Here is a sampling of editorial opinions from Alaska newspapers:
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said Monday that Alaskans should never amend the state constitution as a "fix" for education.
Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed two former oil industry employees to the board that sets the tax value of the trans-Alaska pipeline system, raising concerns about fairness from the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
The House Finance Committee on Monday proposed a $9.1 billion state operating budget, about $1.3 billion less than the authorized level of spending at the start of the current fiscal year.
The Senate Education Committee will continue taking public testimony Monday on the base student allocation portion of Gov. Sean Parnell's omnibus education bill.
In years past, work in the Legislature during the first week of March would slow substantially, if not grind to a near halt, to allow lawmakers to travel to The Energy Council and other meetings in Washington, D.C. Some would take time to return home to meet with constituents.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it is taking the first steps toward restricting or even prohibiting development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a premier sockeye salmon fishery in southwest Alaska - though no final decision has been made.
A bill proposing an inflationary component in the state's method of providing basic school funding drew strong responses during a Senate Education Committee hearing Friday.
Gov. Sean Parnell, in his State of the State speech, called on lawmakers to debate the measure and send it to voters, to let them decide.
Parnell in a letter Monday to Flint Hills Resources said the state will hold the company liable for the cleanup of sulfolane contamination but will not hold a refinery buyer liable.