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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...
2 legislators want abortion regulations withdrawn

...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 must fund medically...
Ellis: Oil taxes decision looms

...investment and lead to more production, could reach the floor for debate as early as Monday. Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis, a critic of the plan, said for some, this also will be a "weekend of resistance to some epically bad ideas and...
Senate passes abortion bill

...the GOP-led majority, Sens. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, and Dennis Egan, D-Juneau; along with minority Sens. Johnny Ellis, French, Berta Gardner and Bill Wielechowski, all Anchorage Democrats.Notice of reconsideration was served, meaning...
Senate to begin oil tax debate

...information from each other, aides or administration officials sitting in the gallery to respond.Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis said the answers "didn't inspire a lot of confidence.""More vetting, more discussion, more detail will be necessary...
Legislature passes oil tax overhaul

...the bill about 13 hours earlier, just after 2 a.m. Sunday.Voting against concurrence were Sens. Dennis Egan, Johnny Ellis, Hollis French, Berta Gardner, Lyman Hoffman, Stedman, Gary Stevens and Bill Wielechowski.The bill's passage...


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