May 10, 1990 |
Amid heavy lobbying from the oil industry, a package of reforms to prevent a repeat of the Exxon Valdez oil spill took a battering in the final hours of Alaska's legislative session that ended early Wednesday. As legislators at the state Capitol in Juneau adjourned for the year, a collection of bills emerged that Gov. Steve Cowper and other state officials said will make another massive oil spill in Alaska waters less likely.
February 26, 1997 |
On one hand, Alaska is fighting a lawsuit by Philip Morris Inc. and other tobacco companies and debating a big increase in cigarette taxes to reduce smoking. On the other, the state's $20-billion oil nest egg, the Alaska Permanent Fund, has made millions investing in Philip Morris stock. And tobacco industry critics are questioning the Philip Morris investment, the Permanent Fund's biggest stock holding.
June 4, 1990 |
Is it too soon to worry about the equivalent of a "Keating Five" blight on the tender flower of democracy in Eastern Europe? Not for attorney Michael Josephson. Josephson believes governments emerging from communism's collapse could fritter away moral capital on scandals analogous to the savings and loan fiasco that has enveloped five U.S. Senators.
May 29, 1994 |
Gov. Walter J. Hickel has signed a bill allowing Alaska residents to carry concealed handguns, saying he weighed the concerns of police with those of citizens who want to protect themselves from criminals. "Those that impressed me the most were the women who called and said they worked late and had to cross dark parking lots, and why couldn't they carry a concealed gun?" Hickel said from Fairbanks, where he signed the bill Friday.
March 17, 1992 |
Nearly three years after America's worst oil spill--and oil industry pledges to be better prepared if it happens again--the industry is pushing state legislation to sharply limit its liability in cleaning up accidents. Critics, including commercial fishermen and environmentalists, are calling the measure a giveaway that could make it difficult for the state and federal governments to make companies abide by spill contingency plans.
May 11, 1997 |
The House approved a $1-a-pack tax on cigarettes--the nation's highest--as part of an effort to price children out of the tobacco market. The bill, which passed 22-18, would nearly quadruple the state's 29-cent tax on cigarettes and triple the tax on cigars and other tobacco products. The increase would push the cost of a pack of cigarettes to about $3. The bill, which has already been approved by the Senate, is still subject to a second House vote.