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Marijuana Bill

Lawmakers trying to figure out how to regulate marijuana

In this video:

-- A joint session of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee heard Senate Bill 30 for the first time today.

-- The legislation bars the sale of marijuana to minors and puts the drug under the state's open container laws.

-- It also limits possession to 1 ounce per-person. 53 percent of Alaskan voters passed an initiative legalizing the drug last fall.

-- More testimony on a separate…

ANWR designation

President's ANWR Proposal met with outrage from Alaska's delegation

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-- At this moment in time, state officials say all of the more than 19-million acres that make up ANWR are completely off limits.

-- The Governor's Office says it's currently illegal for anyone to even operate a snow machine in the refuge area.

-- State officials say at this point only congress has the authority to make wilderness designations.
-- But even if congress rejects the…

Walker 'angry, very angry' over planned ANWR wilderness designation

Walker 'angry, very angry' over planned ANWR wilderness designation

Gov. Bill Walker says President Obama’s plan to designate the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness -- which may permanently block oil and gas drilling there -- marks a “significant shift” in federal-state relations on Alaska’s natural resources.

Trimming Down

The secret to solving the budget crisis may be right under our feet

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-- In addition to massive cuts the governor also discussed harnessing our natural resources help offset a $3.5 billion gap. But in the meantime - the state will need to dip into reserves to bail itself out.

-- According to a projected budget handout from the Walker administration this year's operating  budget will be $45 million less than last year.

-- Walker says he started in his…

Walker on Budget We will manage our way out of this

Walker on Budget 'We will manage our way out of this'

Gov. Bill Walker has released a few more details of his plan to downsize state government in an effort to confront a multibillion-dollar budget deficit.

Walker on Budget We will manage our way out of this

Walker on Budget "We will manage our way out of this"

In this video

-- In his State of the State Wednesday night, Gov. Walker said the dramatic drop in oil prices has led to us from a $7 million per-day deficit 6 months ago to a $10 million deficit  per day.

-- That in part is leaving the state in a $3.5 billion shortfall. Walker says the problem can't be solved overnight.

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Senator proposal

Sen. Sullivan proposed restricting the authority of EPA agents from carrying firearms

-- The amendment is in response to an incident in 2013 when the Environmental Protection Agency conducted an armed raid of small gold miners outside Chicken, AK. The raid was based on allegations of water permit violations.

-- Sen Sullivan says the amendment is intended to provide a check on the EPA.   He says the agency's policies must be reined in, and this proposal is a step in the right…

Mat-Su Pot

Proposed ordinance: Kenai Peninsula Borough to block commercial marijuana cultivation

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-- Tuesday night, about 40 people testified in front of the Assembly for about 2 hours. Assembly President Dale Bagley says the issue drifted between the pros and cons of cannabis.

-- After hearing from the public the assembly voted 5-4 to set a date for further public testimony.

-- At this point each city in the borough could still allow commercial operations. This ordinance,…

Walker Puts Party Politics Aside in Speech

Gov. Bill Walker is calling on Alaskans to pull together, and not panic, as the state faces multibillion-dollar budget deficits amid a fall in oil prices.

Fisheries Board chairman resigns after nominating flap

The chairman of the Board of Fisheries has resigned after concerns were raised with the board's process for nominating candidates for Fish and Game commissioner.

Lawmakers trying to figure out how to regulate marijuana

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