NEWS: House Republican Leadership Illegally Appeals Lawsuit to Stop Medicaid Expansion in Alaska

Juneau – The Republican-controlled leadership in the Alaska House of Representatives has filed an appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court of a lawsuit challenging Medicaid expansion in Alaska without approval of the full Alaska Legislature as required by law. The ill-advised lawsuit was dismissed in March by a Superior Court Judge after finding that the Social Security Act allowed the Governor to initiate Medicaid expansion and that existing state law required Governor Walker to provide Medicaid to the group of Alaskans eligible for expansion.

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EVENT: Work of University of Alaska Student Researchers to be Unveiled Today at Anchorage Legislative Information Office

Anchorage – Undergraduate students from the University of Alaska Anchorage will be displaying the results of their ongoing research projects today in the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.  Students and faculty will be available to answer questions about the research projects today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The University of Alaska Anchorage Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium is free and open to the public.  The symposium is being sponsored by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage). 

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NEWS: Display of Student Research Highlights the Need to Adequately Fund the University of Alaska System

Rep. Geran Tarr

Anchorage – Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) is highlighting some of the valuable research being undertaken by students and faculty at the University of Alaska by sponsoring the University of Alaska Anchorage Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium today in Anchorage. This comes as the Alaska Legislature is deliberating over the proposed FY 2017 budget, which includes a $50 million cut in funding for the University of Alaska. Such a cut will result in the loss of hundreds of jobs and diminish the ability of the University to conduct needed academic research.

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NEWS: Work of University of Alaska Student Researchers to be Unveiled Thursday at Anchorage Legislative Information Office

Rep. Geran Tarr

Anchorage – Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Alaska Anchorage will be displaying the results of their ongoing research projects Thursday in the Anchorage Legislative Information Office. Students and faculty will be available to answer questions about the research projects Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. The University of Alaska Research and Discovery Symposium is free and open to the public. The symposium is being sponsored by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage). 

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NEWS: The Late Rep. Max Gruenberg’s Final Bill Passes the Alaska Legislature, With a Little Help From His Friends

Juneau – Today, House Bill 147 passed the Alaska Senate by a unanimous vote. Earlier this month, the bill passed the Alaska House of Representatives, also by a unanimous vote. The bill was the brainchild of the late Rep. Max Gruenberg who passed away suddenly in February at the age of 72 while still in office. Rep. Liz Vazquez (R-Anchorage) sponsored HB 147, which does several things including allowing the well-being of pets to be considered by courts in divorce proceedings. Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage) was appointed to the District 16 seat held by Rep. Gruenberg and she quickly became a co-sponsor of HB 147.

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