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Lawmakers fast-track bill to avoid paying Anchorage bonds

...July 2020 at a lower rate.Anchorage voters on April 7 will decide the multimillion-dollar bond package.Sens. Johnny Ellis and Bill Wielechowski, both Anchorage Democrats, said it's unfair to change the policy because voting is already...
Senate passes bill changing marijuana crime laws

...Associated Press that he 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...
Legislature 2014: Spending in focus as revenue dips

...that passed last year.French, an Anchorage Democrat, will also be the Senate's new Minority Leader after Sen. Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, who held that position last year, has stepped aside. French will use his position in the limelight...
Crime bill aims to reduce Alaska's incarceration rate

...jail its way out its criminal problems, Coghill has welded together a new approach using initial research by Sen. Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage. "Back in the '70s,'80s,'90s everyone wanted to be tough on crime," Ellis said. He noted...
Senate passes education bill

...options in education and provides teachers with more resources. He said it was a fair bill and represented reform.Sen. Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, said he was disappointed lawmakers did not use the bill - in what Parnell has proclaimed the "education...
Senate passes capital budget

...proposed removing that language, raising concerns about the effect being felt by students on other UA campuses. Sen. Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, said he had heard from students asking him to prevent unreasonable tuition increases. Meyer, R-Anchorage...
House strips retirement plan from education bill

...where the money for its plan would come from.The issue also received attention on the Senate floor Monday, when Sen. Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, proposed taking $3 billion from the statutory budget reserve toward addressing the pension obligation...
Parnell wants reduced spending in next budget

...get a better handle on issues like this and Medicaid as it works to address overall spending.Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, said the pension issue has "demanded leadership for some time" and said he's happy to see "some...
Plan to hold subsistence hearings in Fairbanks turned back

...Senate Democrats on Friday. Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis called the plan a campaign stunt by Sen. Robin Taylor...chance to talk to you face to face. The cheap shot from Johnny Ellis is really offensive to me,'' Taylor said. Taylor...
State film incentive program gets plaudits, but has critics

...incentive programs, Alaska might have an opportunity to bring more of the high-profile business here.State Sen. Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, thought that when he shepherded Alaska's film incentive program through the Legislature and into...


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