Alaska

A lot of our work goes on behind the scenes. As a result, it can often go unnoticed. So, it’s nice when the legislators and other elected officials we work with acknowledge the effort we put in. That happened recently when Alaska Gov. Bill Walker invited me to the bill signing ceremony for the Alaska…

JUNEAU, Alaska (April 26, 2018) – Yesterday, the Alaska Senate unanimously gave final approval to a bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Rep. Jason Grenn (I-Anchorage) introduced House Bill 43 (HB43) last year. The…

JUNEAU, Alaska (Feb. 20, 2018) – Yesterday, the Alaska House passed a bill to legalize industrial hemp and create a licensing program for its cultivation in the state, taking the first step toward nullifying federal prohibition on the plant in practice. Sen. Shelly Hughes (R) filed Senate Bill 6 (SB6) last year and it carried…

JUNEAU, Alaska (Feb. 13, 2018) – An Alaska House committee has passed a bill to legalize industrial hemp and creating a licensing program for its cultivation in the state, taking the first step toward nullifying federal prohibition on the plant in practice. Sen. Shelly Hughes (R) filed Senate Bill 6 (SB6) last year and it…

The following is testimony I recently delivered before the Alaska Senate Health and Social Services Committee on “Right to Try” legislation (HB43). The Tenth Amendment Center has supported Right to Try legislation pretty much since the beginning. We call it our “no brainer issue,” because it’s just hard to oppose it. That’s why it has…

JUNEAU, Alaska (Jan. 26, 2016) – A bill introduced in the Alaska Senate would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Introduced by Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage), Senate Bill 19 (SB19) would give terminally ill patients access to…

JUNEAU, Alaska (Oct. 26, 2016) – Today, a new law allowing parents to opt their children out of standardized testing in Alaska goes into effect. The new statute gives parents a powerful tool to push back against Common Core. Rep. Wes Keller (R-Wasilla) introduced House Bill 156 (HB156) last year. The legislation broadly defines the rights…

JUNEAU, Alaska – (April 14, 2016) – A second Alaska Senate Committee has passed a bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Sen. Bill Wielechowski introduced Senate bill 113 (SB113) in April of last year.The…

JUNEAU, Alaska – (April 3, 2016) – An Alaska Senate Committee has passed a bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Sen. Bill Wielechowski introduced Senate bill 113 (SB113) in April of last year.The legislation…

JUNEAU, Alaska (April 1, 2016) – An Alaska Senate committee has passed a bill that would effectively legalize growing industrial hemp in the state, taking a step toward nullifying federal prohibition. Sen. Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage) introduced Senate Bill 8 (SB8) last year. As introduced, the legislation would have removed hemp from the state’s list of…