JDHS funds ousted from bond bill
JUNEAU - The Senate Finance Committee on Monday night removed $2.7 million for the renovation of Juneau-Douglas High School from House Bill 525, one of the many general obligation bonds in the Legislature this session.
Rep. Beth Kerttula, a Juneau Democrat, said Juneau lawmakers are working to make the appropriation available through a municipal bond bill.
Staff members for Juneau Republican Rep. Bill Hudson said the appropriation could be added through House Bill 451, which was in the Senate Rules Committee this morning.
The money removed from the bond measure was intended to cover renovation bids that came up higher than the project's $12.2 million construction budget.
Budget includes funds for winter games bids
JUNEAU - Juneau is in line to receive $45,000 from the state for its bid to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games.
Under a capital appropriations bill passed by the state Senate on Saturday and up for its final reading in the House today, Juneau will receive the grant to assist with the costs of preparing bid documents.
The measure Senate Bill 247 also includes $45,000 apiece for the Arctic Winter Games bids of the Kenai Peninsula and Fairbanks North Star boroughs.
Jim Powell, chair of Juneau's Arctic Winter Games Ad-Hoc Bid Committee, said he was pleased to see the state provide funding.
"It puts us on even ground with the other communities that are bidding," he said.
The Arctic Winter Games International Committee will visit sites in January and February of next year. A final decision on the site of the 2006 games is expected next March.
House approves 'issue ad' measure
JUNEAU - A bill aimed at tightening laws covering how campaign advertisements can be financed passed the state House unanimously Monday.
The measure is aimed at addressing issue ads used to influence a race for state office.
It would put state campaign finance restrictions on issue ads that identify a specific candidate, attribute a position to that candidate, and appear within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary.
Such ads would be subject to laws requiring disclosure of who paid for them, according to the Alaska Public Offices Commission. Also, groups putting out such ads would be limited to $500 contributions from individuals, and 90 percent of the contributions would have to come from Alaska residents.
The bill was approved last week by the Senate. The measure must go back to the Senate for concurrence with changes made in the House.