What’s next for the Alaska legislature?

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Alaska’s House of Representatives is expected to take its first official legislative action on Wednesday, with the first session in January.

The Alaska Senate is scheduled to begin its session on Thursday, and it is expected the legislature will return to session in mid-March.

What is the status of the state’s current state of emergency? 

 A state of federal emergency has been declared by President Donald Trump after the deadly Alaska Airlines flight over the weekend. 

Affected counties include Alaska, Anchorage, Bering Sea, Central and Northwest Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Northwest Territories, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wyoming, Montana and Utah. 

The Department of Homeland Security and the National Guard will be deployed to Alaska and neighboring states and territories, while the US Department of Transportation will also be deployed. 

What are the main political questions surrounding the legislative session? 

The Democratic-controlled state legislature has not taken action on any of the major state legislative priorities. 

For example, there are no bills pending on an emergency supplemental unemployment benefit bill. 

There is no bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits, which were set to expire at the end of January. 

Democrats have said that they would rather not take up any bills until after the general election. 

Republicans have also indicated that they will be looking to pass legislation on several bills. 

Is it safe to assume that the new legislative session will pass a budget? 

A budget is an agreement between the House and Senate that outlines the budget for a year, and includes a specific plan for the state. 

Some bills, such as one to expand the Alaska Permanent Fund, are expected to be passed this session. 

However, it remains to be seen how the Republican-controlled House will vote on other legislation that would expand the state government. 

Will there be a repeat of the Alaska Airlines disaster? 

On January 20, 2018, an Alaskan Airlines flight carrying nearly 300 people was on a routine flight to Alaska from Seattle, Washington. 

Three people died and more than 300 others were injured on board. 

President Donald Trump, a Democrat, called the incident an “incredible and tragic event,” and said he will support the investigation. 

On February 4, 2018 the governor said that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had “failed to adequately respond” to the incident. 

Since then, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has said that it is investigating the incident and that it has determined the cause of the crash is “system failure.” 

On March 3, 2018 President Trump said that “I don’t believe this plane crashed into the water.” 

Will the legislature pass a bill to raise taxes? 

Some of the bills that were pending on the state agenda this session include: A bill to increase the Alaska Income Tax, A measure to increase taxes on certain types of property and business owners, The Anchorage Housing Tax Relief Act, and An Act to raise the Alaska Municipal Income Tax from 0.5% to 2.5%. 

In addition, the House is expected to consider a bill that would create a special special tax credit for homeowners and business in the state of Alaska, with an expiration date of December 31, 2019. 

This would give tax-paying homeowners and businesses an additional incentive to stay in Alaska, as it would give them more money to spend. 

How many bills are on the agenda for the legislative sessions? 

According to the Alaska Legislature website, the legislature is scheduled to adjourn on March 31. 

Are there any state legislative elections? 

Alaskan House and senate races have been held since 2005. 

Democratic Representative Keith Bissonnette, a Republican, won re-election to a seat in the House of Representative in 2016. 

Republican Representative Doug Peterson, a former governor, defeated Democrat Kelly O’Brien in the 2018 race for Alaska’s 2nd Congressional District. 

In the 2018 midterm elections, Democrat Mark Hill defeated Republican Pete Domenici in a runoff election for a seat on the State Senate. 

If you need to call the statehouse, the Alaska Legislative Reference Center has a toll-free number. 

Who is running in the next legislative session in Alaska? 

There are currently two Democratic candidates in the race for a state Senate seat in Alaska: Ralph S. Alcorn, a state representative from the 3rd Congressional District, who is running for the Democratic nomination, and Katherine J. Pugh, who is running against Republican Representative Matt Houser in the special election to fill the seat vacated by the death of former Senator Jeff Johnson. 

Pugh defeated Johnson by over 60% to 35% in the November election.

Will the Democratic-led House and the Republican controlled Senate have any impact on the next session?

Yes, according to state