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Municipal government officials say that revenue sharing -- a program that Anchorage Sen. Kevin Meyer suggested Friday may be due for cuts -- is essential to keeping the doors open in small governments across the state. Dermot Cole,Pat Forgey
Supporters of legalization are concerned about a bill that could push the timeline of marijuana concentrate regulations a year past the due date designated in the initiative.Suzanna Caldwell

Gov. Bill Walker says Alaska will tap its savings and cut budgets to get through low oil prices, but in an interview on the eve of the next legislative session, he stopped short of calling the state’s multibillion-dollar deficits a “crisis.”

Nat Herz
Gov. Bill Walker says Alaska will tap its savings and cut budgets to get through low oil prices, but in an interview on the eve of the next legislative session, he was unwilling to call the state’s multibillion-dollar deficits a “crisis.”Pat Forgey,Nathaniel Herz
In the upcoming legislative session, the Republican-led Legislature will contend with a fiscal crisis along with new Gov. Bill Walker, who has yet to outline a legislative agenda but who has clashed with Republican leaders in the past -- and who has already taken steps to shake up the leadership of the state’s key pipeline projects.Nathaniel Herz
Rep. Tammie Wilson’s pre-filed House Bill 11, which would make court records confidential in cases where charges have been dismissed or the defendant acquitted, is identical to legislation that passed last year but was vetoed by then-Gov. Sean Parnell.Jerzy Shedlock
Alaska House Speaker Mike Chenault and Gov. Bill Walker said Friday they were unhappy with a state Board of Fisheries decision to dismiss one of the candidates to lead the Department of Fish and Game before he’d been interviewed.Nathaniel Herz
Gov. Bill Walker signed an executive order Friday calling on state agencies to do what they can to lower energy prices, an action he had pledged during his campaign. Dermot Cole
News that the U.S. Supreme Court will decide same-sex marriage lawsuits means Alaska is stepping back from its appeal of the decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.Suzanna Caldwell
A Homer legislator has proposed delaying regulations for marijuana concentrates to allow officials to focus this year on rules for the sale and growth of legalized pot and licensing of marijuana businesses.Becky Bohrer | Associated Press
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