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Sorry, huskies, Malamute now AK's state dog

Alaska Beat

The final days of the Alaska Legislature's 2010 regular session ended in a flurry of activity, but bills of lesser stature were cleared first, including a Senate vote on what should be Alaska's official state dog. Sorry, Alaskan Husky, it's the Alaskan Malamute. The House passed the state dog bill earlier, so now it's headed for the governor's signature. In other news, about a billion other measures and funding packages were approved and declined before adjournment. Alaska Dispatch's own Rena Delbridge filed a story over the weekend as lawmakers and staffers approached zero-hour on the capital budget, and the Anchorage Daily News and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner have each posted a long-form round-up this morning on items that ran the gauntlet successfully. Here's a smattering of high-profile matters and their fates: A cruise tax reduction? Passed. New legislative seats? Passed. The governor's scholarship plan? Passed, but not funded for now. Oil and gas taxes? Decoupled.