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March 25, 2015

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Dad, Eric Christensen looks on as his son, Paxson, has his hair shorn by stylist Aleshia Cranor a week ago Tuesday during the St. Baldrick's fundraiser. As of this Monday, the event raised $12,799 to aid children fighting cancer. The Valdez function of this national event has raised over $100,000 during the past nine years.

Gasline amendments for Richardson fail

Rep. Jim Colver attempted Monday to amend HB 132, a bill that relates to the duties the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, AGDC, in Juneau. Twice.

The amendment failed on both attempts. Both amendments would have required AGDC to look at rerouting the proposed in-state ASAP line and the Alaska LNG gasline down the Richardson Highway instead of proposed routes to Cook Inlet.

The bill was later passed, without the amendments. It now heads to the Alaska Senate.

The Alaska House has passed legislation that would

HB 132 passed 24-14. If passed by the Senate, it would limit participation of a state-sponsored corporation in an alternate gas pipeline project proposed by Gov. Bill Walker.

Walker has said he would veto the bill. His spokeswoman said his views haven't changed.

Supporters of the bill say Walker's plan could create uncertainty over the major liquefied natural gas project the state has been pursuing, known as Alaska LNG. Critics say the bill ties the state's hands.

The bill, from House Speaker Mike Chenault, would limit participation by the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. in an alternate export or liquefied natural gas project until the state or another party withdraws from Alaska LNG; Alaska LNG enters its next phase; or July 1, 2017.

Multi-state investigation will probe Premera cyber attack

Washington state's insurance commissioner has announced a multistate investigation into the cyberattack on Premera Blue Cross.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said Tuesday he plans to work with his counterparts in Alaska and Oregon to look into operations at Premera, which is based in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. The investigation will explore the January cyberattack that was disclosed by Premera last week. The breach exposed the personal information of 11 million consumers, including Alaskans.

Kreidler said in a statement he is concerned about the nearly two-month lag between Premera's discovery of the attack Jan. 29 and its public disclosure March 17.

Other subjects of the investigation may include the extent of the financial damage and steps taken to prevent a future attack.

Young sponsors medical marijuana legislation

(AP) U.S. Rep. Don Young has introduced legislation that would provide federal recognition for states that allow medical marijuana.

According to a press release from Young's office, the legislation, also sponsored by Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, would prevent federal prosecution of medical marijuana patients, doctors and businesses in states that allow medical marijuana. It would also allow Veterans Administration doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients.

The bill matches one introduced in the Senate earlier this month.

According to the press release, 23 states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana.

Bill extends disclosure deadline for officials

(AP) The Alaska House has passed legislation pushing back the date by which legislators and other public officials must file annual financial disclosures.

Alaska film archives

This Friday marks the 51st anniversary of the Good Friday Earthquake. The Pioneers of Alaska are inviting everyone to an Earthquake Remembrance this Friday, March 27, at 5:30 p.m. on the Kelsey Dock.

HB 65 would move the filing deadline from March 15 to May 15.

A minority-led effort to keep the reporting deadline for legislators as March 15 failed. Rep. Scott Kawasaki said legislators owe it to the public to provide that information while in session.

Rep. Mike Hawker said the bill, which he sponsored, wouldn't degrade the quality of information available to the public about legislators. He noted that candidates make financial declarations when they run, and their annual reports are on file.

The change in date also includes those serving on boards and commissions.

The vote was 32-8 on reconsideration. The bill is in the Senate.


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