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Senate passes education bill

...provide for students. She said the state needs to provide money but in a way that allows teachers to innovate.Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, said it was "extremely short-sighted" for lawmakers to say they don't like the results they're...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-04-21/senate-passes-education-bill
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Senate committee works on new reading program

...provides a system of accountability for school districts and parameters for establishing reading strategies.Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, said she had been receiving complaints about the bill possibly being "scripted" teaching, where...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-03-22/senate-committee-works-on-new-readin
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Senator proposes striking same-sex marriage ban

...in those areas because of race, sex, religion, disability and pregnancy, among other things. SB131, from Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, would add sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the list.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-02-24/senator-proposes-striking-same-sex-m
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Democrats offer education legislation

...laying off 212 teachers for next year without such an increase."It's not enough to increase the BSA," said Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage. "It is something (school districts) need to rely on."The bill asks school districts to file...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-02-20/democrats-offer-education-legislatio
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Governor's education package to include funding increase

...Ron Fuhrer, president of NEA-Alaska, a major teachers' union, said it "almost feels like blackmail." Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, said her takeaway was that Parnell was holding hostage student services to try to force legislators...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-01-23/governors-education-package-to-inclu
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What others say: 25 years after Exxon Valdez, resolution needed in dispute over newfound damage

...the U.S. Department of Justice to file suit over Exxon's non-payment.Senate Joint Resolution 25, by Sen. Berta Gardner, D- Anchorage, also asks that the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council to immediately begin the additional restoration...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/2014-03-30/what-others-say-25-years-after-ex
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House Finance takes up abortion funding bills

...and family planning services.The language had been added to SB49 on the Senate floor last year and offered by Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage.The bill seeks to further define what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for the purposes...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-02-25/house-finance-takes-up-abortion-fund
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Democrats propose Medicaid expansion

...Wenstrup's release portrayed their position, that it's a "budget-busting unfunded mandate for us."Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, said a constituent who did not qualify for Medicaid or subsidies to buy private insurance on online...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-01-30/democrats-propose-medicaid-expansion
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Senate minority leader says gay marriage inevitable

...voters in 1998 approved a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, said she thinks that will change in time. She said she is committed, in the meantime, to removing...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-01-23/senate-minority-leader-says-gay-marr
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Cruise ship bill passes Senate

...with Dennis Egan who caucuses with the GOP-led majority, joined minority Democrats Johnny Ellis, Hollis French, Berta Gardner and Bill Wielechowski of Anchorage in voting against the measure. Minority member Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel voted...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2013-02-19/cruise-ship-bill-passes-senate
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