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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...
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...
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.
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...
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 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...
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...
2 legislators want abortion regulations withdrawn

...medically necessary" abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding.In a letter to Commissioner Bill Streur, Sens. Berta Gardner and Johnny Ellis say the plan's likely to be challenged and struck down.The Alaska Supreme Court has held the state...
Murkowski open to same-sex marriage

...feel any pressure right now to revisit it. However, "I think there is a societal change coming," he said. Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, the nation's view on this is changing, and Murkowski's statement helps. She said she sees a...


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