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Senate committee releases its version of education bill

The Senate Finance Committee has released its long-awaited version of House Bill 278, Gov. Sean Parnell's omnibus education bill. The legislation has already passed the House and is one of the priority issues to be resolved before the Legislature adjourns its 2014 session, currently scheduled April 20 - Easter Sunday. The bill adds the equivalent of $100 per student in new funding for the next three years, but does it outside the Base Student Allocation, the formula mechanism within the state education funding program.

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Senate panel supports alcohol 'no sell' list

...Association also calls for comprehensive treatment and case management for the city's most problematic drinkers.The Senate committee included the project in the $1.9 billion capital budget that was unveiled Monday, the Anchorage Daily News...

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Fishery stakeholders share concerns with Senate committee

Kenai Peninsula salmon fishery stakeholders addressed a variety of issues at a Senate Resources Committee hearing in Juneau Monday, including changes to the Board of Fisheries, concerns about certain salmon runs and research needed to better understand them.The committee is holding three hearings on Upper Cook Inlet salmon in Juneau, with some participation via teleconference from other legislative information offices, or LIOs, in the state. Testimony is by invitation only.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-03-24/fishery-stakeholders-share-concerns-
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Senate committee works on new reading program

JUNEAU - The Senate Education Committee heard a bill Friday that would establish a reading program for elementary school students with reading difficulties, an effort to have Alaska youth reading on an appropriate level by third grade that's drawn opposition as too formulaic.Senate Bill 107, sponsored by the committee's chairman, Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, would establish a reading program for kindergarten through third-grade students in public schools. It also provides a system of accountability for school districts and parameters for establishing reading strategies.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-03-22/senate-committee-works-on-new-readin
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LNG Pipeline bill passes through Senate committee

JUNEAU - A bill aimed at advancing a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska cleared a key Senate committee Friday, with a provision that would allow for a portion of the state's royalty revenue from the project to go toward energy...

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Senate committee hears second day of testimony from Cook Inlet fishers

Testimony continued Wednesday before the Senate Resources committee as representatives from several Upper Cook Inlet and statewide fishing-related organizations testified on perspectives and issues involved in areas fisheries. Committee chair, Sen.

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Senator proposes striking same-sex marriage ban

...Marriage is a fundamental freedom that should not be denied to anyone."The proposal came on the same day that a Senate committee heard a bill that would bar discrimination in areas including employment, housing and credit based on sexual orientation...

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State LNG take could be $3 billion

...price for delivery of gas to customers, as LNG, of about $12.30 per million British Thermal Units, Abt told the Senate committee.Abt warned the committee, however, that cost escalation represents a key risk for the project. Costs have escalated...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-02-15/state-lng-take-could-be-3-billion
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Preliminary education task force report answers few questions

...approach to determining the needs of Alaska's education system should be considered. He suggested a joint House and Senate committee. He said a third-party contractor could also be considered."They got oil company executives telling you...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-01-05/preliminary-education-task-force-rep
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Report recommends insurance pooling for school districts

JUNEAU - A new report commissioned by a Senate committee recommends a state-managed health insurance program for public school employees that it said could save up to $33.7 million...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2013-12-11/report-recommends-insurance-pooling-
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