Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (April 12, 2017) – On Monday, the Alaska House unanimously 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. Rep. Jason Grenn (I-Anchorage) introduce House Bill 43 (HB43) in January. The legislation would…

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. 29, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Alaska House would reform asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most cases. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in…

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 (Jan. 15, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Alaska House would legalize the sale of raw milk in the state, taking an important step toward effectively nullifying a federal prohibition scheme in effect. Rep. Geran Tarr (D) introduced House Bill 46 (HB46) on Jan. 13. The legislature would allow individuals to sell…

VALDEZ, Alaska (Nov. 5, 2016) – Alaska’s first retail marijuana shop opened its doors last week, despite federal prohibition. According to an AP report, more than 250 people lined up outside Herbal Outfitters in Valdez prior to the noon opening last Saturday. Some came from as far away as Fairbanks, more than 350 miles 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 (Jul. 29, 2016) – Yesterday, a bill became law allowing parents to opt their children out of standardized testing. The new law 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 of Alaska parents to direct…