- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Senate has passed legislation that would allow Alaska tribes to issue and enforce protective orders against non-Natives.

Sen. Mark Begich’s office said the provision passed as a pared-down version of a safe families’ bill, through a legislative maneuver known as unanimous consent.

There was no floor vote, but Democrats and Republicans agreed to let it pass.

The provision would repeal what has been referred to as the Alaska exemption to the Violence Against Women Act.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the measure would be taken up by the House before the holiday recess.

Matt Shuckerow, a spokesman for Rep. Don Young, said that while the hope is to get the bill passed, the timeline for getting things done yet this Congress is very short.

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