Slideshow | Legislative Week in Review 6

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Senate Democratic Leader Hollis French, D-Anchorage, talks with reporters Becky Bohrer, of the Associated Press, left, and Lisa Demer, of the Anchorage Daily News, after announcing Monday at the Capitol that he thinks it's inevitable same-sex marriage will become legal across the country.
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Senate Pages Joel Hadley, right, and Brett Huber, Jr., ring the Senate into session with glockenspiels at the Capitol on Monday.
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Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, introduces an oil tax proposal to replace last year's oil tax bill (SB21) at a press conference at the Capitol on Monday. Rep. Gara appeared with Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, and Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage.
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Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, right, and Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, introduce an oil tax proposal to replace last year's oil tax bill (SB21) at a press conference at the Capitol on Monday. Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, also appeared at the event.
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Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, introduces Senate Bill 131 to the Health & Social Services Standing Committee at the Capitol on Monday. SB 131 is an act adding to the powers and duties of the State Commission for Human Rights and prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
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Sen. John Coghill, R-Fairbanks, and Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, speaks to the House Finance Committee about Sponsor Substitute for Senate Bill 49 at the Capitol on Tuesday. The act relates to women's health services and defining 'medically necessary abortion' for the purposes of making payments under the state Medicaid program.
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Pediatrician Dr. George W. Brown testifies against Sponsor Substitute for Senate Bill 49 in front of the House Finance Committee at the Capitol on Tuesday. The act relates to women's health services and defining 'medically necessary abortion' for the purposes of making payments under the state Medicaid program.
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Laura Powers testifies with her daughters, Izabella, left, and Korbyn, right, against the Sponsor Substitute for Senate Bill 49 in front of the House Finance Committee at the Capitol on Tuesday. The act relates to women's health services and defining 'medically necessary abortion' for the purposes of making payments under the state Medicaid program.
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Sam Kito III is welcomed to the House Minority Cascus by Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, left, and Rep. Andy Josephson, D-Anchorage, right, at the Capitol on Tuesday after the announcement of his comfirmation as the new representative for House District 32.
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Michael Pauley, of Alaska Family Action, testifies in favor of Sponsor Substitute for Senate Bill 49 in front of the House Finance Committee at the Capitol on Tuesday. The act relates to women's health services and defining 'medically necessary abortion' for the purposes of making payments under the state Medicaid program.
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Members of the House Minority Cascus give their applause as House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, center, welcomes Sam Kito III as the new representative for House District 32 at the Capitol on Tuesday.
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Sam Kito III speaks to reporters during a House Minority Cascus press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday after House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, right, announced Kito as the new representative for House District 32.
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Rep. Cathy Munoz poses with her son, Matthew, 7, as her husband, Juan, takes their picture in the House Chambers on Wednesday. Matthew was a guest house page for the day.
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House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, left, Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, center, and Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, watch a House Minority Caucus press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday to announce the confirmation of Sam Kito III as the new representative for House District 32.
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Rep. Cathy Munoz checks in with her son, Matthew, 7, while he is a guest house page for the day in the House Chambers on Wednesday
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Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, holds up an "easy" button as he is welcomed to the House of Representative by Rep. Bob Herron, D-Bethel, after being sworn into office on Wednesday.
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Sam Kito III is sworn into the House of Representatives on Wednesday as the Representative for House District 32.
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Sam Kito III is escorted into the House Chambers by Rep. Cathy Munoz, R-Juneau, and Max Gruenberg, D-Anchorage, on Wednesday to be sworn in as the Representative for House District 32.
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Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, poses for a picture with female members of the House of Representatives after being sworn in to office on Wednesday.
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Rep. Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, takes a selfie with Rep. Sam Kito III after he was sworn into the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
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Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, attaches a House of Representatives pin to the coat lapel of Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, after he was sworn into the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Kito's daughter, Gabryel, 14, and father, Sam Kito Jr., watch from the House Chamber's gallery.
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Rep. Max Gruenberg, D-Anchorage, states his objections to HJR1, which would amend the state constitution and pave the way for tax dollars to be used by students seeking private education, during the House Judiciary Committee meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday.
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Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, left, after he was sworn into the House of Representatives on Wednesday, has his picture taken with his daughter, Gabryel, 14, and his father, Sam Kito Jr.
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Sen. Donny Olson, D-Golovin, questions Michael Pawlowski, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Revenue, during a presentation on Senate Bill 138 pertaining to a instate gas pipeline at the Senate Finance Committee meeting on Thursday. Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, left, listens in.
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House Judiciary Chair, Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, sponsor of HJR1, announces he is passing the bill out of his committee at the Capitol on Wednesday. HJR1 would amend the state constitution and pave the way for tax dollars to be used by students seeking private education.
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Sen. Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle River, speaks with consultants Nikos Tsafos, center, and Janak Mayer of Enalytica before their presentation to the Senate Finanace Committee titled "In Kind vs. In Value, Risks & Midstream Options" pertaining to an instate gas pipeline on Thursday.
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Senate Finance Committee Chair Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, watches during discussions on Senate Bill 138 pertaining to an instate gas pipeline at the Capitol on Thursday. Other senators shown are Sen. Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle River, left, Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, center, and Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla.
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Rep. Doug Isaacson, R-North Pole, and his staff member Brenda Hewitt, speak to the Labor and Commerce Committee about House Bill 282 on Friday. HB 282 is an act relating to the rights and obligations of residential landlords and tenants and relating to the taking of a permanent fund dividend for rent and damages owed to a residential landlord.
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Rep. Andy Josephson, D-Anchorage, questions House Bill 282 sponsor Rep. Doug Isaacson, R-North Pole, during the Labor and Commerce Committee hearing on Friday. HB 282 is an act relating to the rights and obligations of residential landlords and tenants and relating to the taking of a permanent fund dividend for rent and damages owed to a residential landlord.

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