- Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Lawmakers heard an update on efforts to draft new rules for the Alaska National Guard.

Lt. Forrest Dunbar talked about efforts to update a code of military justice in Alaska during a House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee meeting Thursday. The current code dates to territorial days. And Dunbar said the guard currently has three options for disciplining members: letters of reprimand and similar actions, administrative separation and prosecution under state law. The guard would like two more options: nonjudicial punishments, including fines and suspensions, and court martial.

The guard and lawmakers are working on developing those options through HB 126.

Thomas Brown, an aide to Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, said work on the bill will likely continue this summer so that a bill can pass early next session.

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