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Alaska lawmakers approve $500K furniture budget

...Inc., which bid more than $343,000, compared to low bidder Pyramid Audio Video, at nearly $291,000.Legislative Affairs Agency director Pam Varni said Chariot reached a higher overall score in a bid review.By using existing furniture...
Legislator proposes greater accountability for office funds

...non-accountable plan for office allowance accounts in 2013. That means expenses aren't run through the Legislative Affairs Agency, allowing lawmakers to administer their own accounts. But the agency is required to take out taxes and deductions...
Breathing room: Capitol complex expands in time for session

...skybridge and terrazzo tile in the stairwell are yet to be completed, said Pam Varni, executive director of the Legislative Affairs Agency, which operates the complex. Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho, who helped get the project started, said it is...
LIO keeps open lines of communication with Juneau

...part of the information that is available at the LIO and through the website. The Legislature, through the Legislative Affairs Agency, has made it very easy for "the average person" to be connected to session in Juneau. My personal mission...
Parnell won't change state email policy

...still public records and subject to the law, he said.The Legislature considers its own emails to be confidential and does not have an email retention policy for them, said Pam Varni, executive director of the Legislative Affairs Agency.
Extra session taxes public?s resources

...for those legislators who live within driving distance of the state?s largest city. Never mind that the Legislative Affairs Agency has determined that meeting in Anchorage will cost the state more money. The agency estimates a three-day...
Lawmakers split on decision to send 21 to D.C.

...wouldn't be available until mid-April. According to Karla Schofield, the deputy director of accounting for the Legislative Affairs Agency, in 2009 26 legislators went to the same conference at total cost of $59,488.96. She said that while...
Most expensive and least expensive lawmakers in 2001

...most expensive and least expensive members of the Alaska Legislature for 2001, according to a report by the Legislative Affairs Agency. The total includes fixed amounts for salary and an office expense allowance. Lawmakers from outside Juneau...
Senate to vote on shorter session

...Shortening the current 121-day session by more than a month would save $810,000 a year, according to the Legislative Affairs Agency. The amendment passed out of the committee over the vehement objections of Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks...
Video gambling supporters flood legislators with messages

...communities are asking to be involved with this also,'' McDowell said. Pam Varni, executive director of the Legislative Affairs Agency, said she could not assign a cost to the job of typing up 1,000 Public Opinion Messages. The agency has...


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