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Legislative session's focus narrowed to TransCanada buyout

...state and TransCanada a way out of a prior, failed gas line arrangement without a messy fight.Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, said TransCanada effectively is acting as a banker under the arrangement. In fiscal terms, she...
Voices of Alaska: Erin's Law: an overdue ounce of prevention

...mission to protect Alaska's children. Despite the efforts and advocacy of Senator Lesil McGuire (R) and Senator Berta Gardner (D), in contrast to the unanimous vote of support in 2014, HB44 was parked in the Senate at session's end.Knowing...
Legislature adjourns; governor calls special session

...for the thousands of Alaskan working poor who are waiting for health care coverage," said Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage.Walker has indicated he would call a special session dealing with Medicaid expansion and reform if...
Legislative session continues, with budget vote pending

...with a vote pending on a state spending plan.Senate President Kevin Meyer said Sunday that Senate minority leader Berta Gardner wanted to wait to take up the budget. Under legislative rules, the conference committee report on a budget is to...
Lawmakers sweep $94 million into rainy day fund

...version. It represents the state's leanest capital budget since 2001. It passed the Senate 18-2, with Sens. Berta Gardner and Bill Wielechowski, both Anchorage Democrats, voting against.The state capital budget now goes to the House...
Legislators not putting Alaskans first

...with sexual abuse, domestic violence and the need for education to correct these problems. Senators Lesil McGuire, Berta Gardner and Representative Geran Tarr have introduced 4 bills aimed at addressing the problems and are to be applauded for...
Senate passes bill changing marijuana crime laws

...would have preferred to see marijuana removed from the state's controlled substances list.Sens. Johnny Ellis, Berta Gardner and Bill Wielechowski, all Anchorage Democrats, voted against the bill.Wielechowski said he thought marijuana should...
Erin's Law: 'Stalking the Boogeyman'

...Committee.The proposed bill was presented in its first hearing to the Senate Education Committee Thursday by Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, and was referred to the Senate Finance Committee.Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, proposed the...
Commissioner says districts responsive to school rankings, but that the underlying goal is still to help students become proficient.Senate Education Committee member Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, said during a news conference Wednesday that she thought the star system was preferable to other...
Sex workers seek funding for a lobbyist

...their own safety as trafficking. Burns plans to testify about the bill, sponsored by Anchorage Democratic state Sen. Berta Gardner, if it comes up for a hearing. Gardner said she isn't sure that a lobbying effort by Burns would be productive...


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