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A committee tasked to solve differences between House and Senate versions of Gov. Parnell's omnibus education bill has announced Wednesday evening a deal on most issues, but one that puts some contentious issues off for further study.

Pat Forgey
Speaking to a pro-industry audience, Dan Sullivan landed an early blow against Joe Miller over the controversial oil-tax cut, while Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell said he once solicited the help of a national Republican group to knock off the bipartisan coalition in the state Senate that had blocked the measure.  Alex DeMarban
The measure needed 21 votes to pass, but two supporters were absent. The bill now goes to a conference committee to hash out differences with a Senate version.Pat Forgey
Alaska senators have approved an extension for the state's film tax credit program, pushing its end back to 2018. But for the new lease on life to take effect, the Alaska House of Representatives must approve the Senate's version.Pat Forgey
The wrangling over Alaska's education funding bill continued on Tuesday in a special committee made up of House and Senate members, who seemed as far apart as ever in the debate over how, and how much, funding to provide Alaska's schools.Pat Forgey
Some Western Alaska leaders worry that a proposed ballot initiative to legalize marijuana will place undue burden in already strained rural Alaska villages.Suzanna Caldwell
In the waning hours of the 2014 legislative session Alaska lawmakers introduced, then reduced, then ultimately eliminated a budget item that would have put up money to "influence the outcome" of a ballot initiative vote. It was the right thing to do, though it highlighted the need for a more transparent budget process.Dermot Cole
The back and forth over state funds set aside for a proposed indoor tennis facility in Anchorage has ended. Legislators hashing out the state capital budget have decided to use the remaining $4.4 million for another purpose.Sean Doogan
Joe Miller officially announced his candidacy for the Alaska Republican Party's 2014 U.S. Senate nomination in front of approximately 200 energetic supporters in Wasilla on Monday night.Alex DeMarban
The Alaska Legislature will go at least into a 92nd day as debate continues over HB 278, the omnibus education bill and centerpiece to a legislative session that has come to be called at Gov. Parnell's suggestion, the "education session."Pat Forgey

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