Politics

Two amendments to the marijuana crime bill were brought to senators right before the floor session began, forcing a delay in hearing the measure. One amendment deals with marijuana concentrates; the other makes marijuana a non-controlled substance. Laurel Andrews
The Anchorage House Majority Caucus on Thursday lambasted the Anchorage School District for its 2015-16 school year budget, calling it "irresponsible" and "shortsighted." On Friday, the Anchorage School Board fired back.  Tegan Hanlon
A Wasilla lawmaker has introduced legislation that would write into law a parent’s right to withdraw a child from state standardized exams, but education officials say too many withdrawals could lower school ratings, and legalizing refusals could harm federal funding. Tegan Hanlon
The House Fisheries Committee on Thursday passed a bill that would eliminate the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and move its duties over to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.Zaz Hollander
 The Alaska House State Affairs Committee on Thursday discussed Rep. Geran Tarr's bill to address a backlog of untested sexual assault kits in Alaska.Molly Dischner
Anchorage likely ended 2014 with a budget surplus between $4 million and $6 million, city officials said.Devin Kelly
The Alaska congressional delegation wants more no-bid federal contracts in excess of $20 million for Alaska Native corporations, saying federal contracting officials have been too reticent to make deals “out of fear of political scrutiny, even when a contract award may be justified."Dermot Cole
The Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would retroactively halt the state's practice of partially reimbursing municipalities for school bonds issued after Jan. 1, 2015.Molly Dischner | Associated Press
Anchorage’s firefighters union is backing Ethan Berkowitz for mayor, an endorsement Berkowitz claimed as a key victory in a race focused on public safety.Devin Kelly
A subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday cut an additional $6 million from the system's $152 million unrestricted general fund budget.Pat Forgey