State legislatures nationwide are considering bills to change electoral systems after a contentious 2020 cycle. The Alaska Legislature has several election bills before it that reveal different priorities for legislators.
Court documents show the state of Alaska for years maintains a discriminatory policy that denied some same-sex spouses benefits by wrongly claiming gay marriage was not recognized in Alaska, long after courts ordered they be recognized.
The White House is naming a former Obama administration official to be deputy secretary at the Interior Department after dropping plans for a more liberal nominee who faced key Senate opposition. President Joe Biden has nominated Tommy Beaudreau to the No. 2 post.
The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public board meeting next week to determine the probable cause of the deadly midair crash between two Alaska floatplanes that left multiple people dead or seriously injured in May 2019.
The Anchorage Police Department is estimating it will cost thousands of dollars to release public information and records that correspond to an arrest its communications team wrote about in a Facebook post in February.
Legislation before the Alaska Senate Finance Committee would renew and extend a stripped back state COVID-19 disaster declaration until the end of the year, but the bill has not been endorsed by the Senate majority caucus.