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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Senator proposes striking same-sex marriage ban 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.
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...
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...
Legislator proposes greater accountability for office funds greater accountability for the way state legislators spend money for their offices.SB34, from Democratic Sen. Berta Gardner, would require that all office expenses be accounted for and that any unspent funds revert to the state general fund...


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