Slideshow | Legislative Week in Review 9

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House Finance Co-chairs Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, left, and Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, work on House Bill 134 at the Capitol on Monday. The bill would allow Medicaid payment for scheduled unit dose prescription drug packaging and dispensing services for specified recipients.
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Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, left, asks a question during work on House Bill 134 in the House Finance Committee at the Capitol on Monday. The bill would allow Medicaid payment for scheduled unit dose prescription drug packaging and dispensing services for specified recipients. Rep. Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, center, and Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, are also shown.
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Rep. Eric Feige, R-Chickaloon, introduces House Bill 47 to the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Capitol on Monday. The bill requires a party seeking a restraining order, preliminary injunction, or order vacating or staying the operation of certain permits affecting an industrial operation to give security in the amount the court considers proper for costs incurred and damages suffered if the industrial operation is wrongfully enjoined or restrained.
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Senate Judiciary Committee chair John Coghill, R-Fairbanks, left, listens to Sen. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River, ask a question as they take up House Bill 218 at the Capitol on Monday. The bill relates to the aggravating factor at felony sentencing of multiple prior misdemeanors when a prior misdemeanor involves an assault on a correctional employee, and additionally, provides that deportation is not a proper factor for referral of a case to a three-judge panel for sentencing for a felony.
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Tom Wright, left, chief of staff to the Alaska House Speaker, Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, background, speaks to the Senate Judiciary Committee about House Bill 218 at the Capitol on Monday. The bill relates to the aggravating factor at felony sentencing of multiple prior misdemeanors when a prior misdemeanor involves an assault on a correctional employee, and additionally, provides that deportation is not a proper factor for referral of a case to a three-judge panel for sentencing for a felony.
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Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, speaks during a Senate Majority Caucus press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday.
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Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks, argues for an amendment to House Bill 268 dealing with Big Bull Moose Derbies at the Capitol on Wednesday.
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Senate President Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, right, listens to Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, make a statement during a floor session at the Capitol on Wednesday.
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Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, left, speaks in favor of Senate Concurrent Resolution 2 at the Captiol on Wednesday. The resolution supports increased timber harvests and transfers of land in the Tongass National Forest.
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Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, speaks on the Senate floor at the Capitol on Wednesday. The Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 99, sponsored by Sen. McGuire, which would give the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority the ability to issue bonds for two multi-mineral mining projects in Southeast Alaska.
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Alaska Legislators lead a Choose Respect march from the Capitol to Marine Park as part of a state-wide event on Thursday. Alaska leads the nation in domestic violence and suicides.
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Juneau residents attend a Choose Respect rally in front of the Capitol as part of a state-wide event on Thursday. Alaska leads the nation in domestic violence and suicides.
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Angela Rodell, Commissioner of the Alaska Departmetn of Revenue, leads and speaks at Juneau Chosse Respect event on the Capitol steps on Thursday. The event was held state-wide to bring attention to the high rates of domestic violence in Alaska, the highest in the nation.
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Roger Marks, a petroleum economist in private practice, gives the House Resources Committee his evaluation of Senate Bill 138 and the associated proposed North Slope natural gas commercialization proposals at the Capitol on Thursday.

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