NEWS: Lawmakers Applaud Today’s Superior Court Decision to Dismiss Ill-Advised Lawsuit Over Medicaid Expansion in Alaska

Juneau – Today, Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner issued a ruling in the case brought by the Alaska Legislative Council against Alaska Governor Bill Walker over his decision last year to expand Medicaid without legislative approval. Judge Pfiffner found that the Social Security Act requires Medicaid expansion, and that existing state law required Governor Walker to provide Medicaid to the group of Alaskans eligible for expansion. In his 26-page ruling, Judge Pfiffner granted the Governor’s motion for summary judgement and dismissed the case brought by the Alaska Legislative Council, which is made up of ten members of the Alaska Legislature.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Public Testimony opens next week

Rep. Guttenberg's Legislative Report

This week we’ve seen massive cuts to the state’s FY2017 operating budget pass out of Subcommittees and on to the House Finance Committee for further consideration. Next week marks your opportunity to let the Finance Committee know how you feel about the cuts under consideration, so please make your voices heard!

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Important update for Goldstream Valley

Rep. Guttenberg's Legislative Report

Beginning February 23rd, permafrost researchers will collect airborne electromagnetic data in the Goldstream Valley using a specialized 25 foot long geophysical instrument towed beneath a small civilian helicopter. The helicopter will carry the instrument roughly 100 feet above the ground while collecting data. The Fairbanks Federal Aviation Administration is working closely with the research team to ensure public safety. Aerial surveys will be completed by March 14th.

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Permafrost research to begin in Goldstream Valley this month

[VIDEO] – A cooperative research effort between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources will begin conducting aerial surveys over the Goldstream Valley this month. The National Science Foundation funded project will focus on developing a better understanding of how permafrost is distributed in the Goldstream Valley and how its distribution affects the flow of groundwater and methane release.

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