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In wake of National Guard scandal, House passes reforms to Alaska military justice code

  • Author: Alaska News
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published February 3, 2016

JUNEAU — The Alaska House on Wednesday unanimously passed a long-awaited rewrite of the state's military justice code — the culmination of an effort that grew out of a scandal in the Alaska National Guard a year ago.

House members Monday voted 39 to 0 in favor of House Bill 126, which would replace an outdated, decades-old version of the state's code. The bill was sponsored by the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage. One representative, Kurt Olson, a Republican from Kenai, was excused from attending the vote.

The bill now heads to the Senate, where a spokeswoman for Senate President Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, said it would likely have to get through two committees.

The Alaska National Guard is pressing lawmakers to pass the legislation this year.