Chairman ends meeting after move to advance PFD constitutional amendment

first_imgSenate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, pictured here in March 2017, ended a meeting early Saturday after Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, tried to pass a constitutional amendment that would make a full permanent fund dividend part of the Alaska Constitution. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Three pieces of legislation were scheduled to receive a hearing Saturday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.Listen nowOnly one received brief consideration, after which Committee Chairman Sen. John Coghill, a North Pole Republican, abruptly ended the hearing early.The meeting was scheduled to consider a resolution to put Alaska Permanent Fund dividends in the state constitution.Another bill sought to repeal the 2016 law that made changes to Alaska’s criminal justice system and a third, House Bill 214, would have renamed crime legislation after murder victim Bree Moore.But when Anchorage Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski made a motion to pass Senate Joint Resolution 1, to amend the constitution to mandate a full PFD under a legal formula used until two years ago, Coghill ended the meeting.Because Coghill brought down the gavel to adjourn the meeting, the two other bills on the agenda weren’t heard.Those bills would have repealed the criminal justice law known as Senate Bill 91 and rename a portion of the Alaska Safe Children’s Act as Bree’s Law.The meeting was unusual in the first place.It occurred only after three senators banded together to force Coghill to hold the hearing.Wielechowski, Anchorage Republican Mia Costello and Wasilla Republican Mike Shower used a rarely invoked rule that allows bills to have committee hearings even if the committee chair doesn’t want to hold them.Coghill said the use of the rule was fair.“I have been reluctant to hear this and so you guys twisted my arm,” Coghill said. “I think it’s appropriate.”But Coghill wasn’t willing to have the committee advance the PFD amendment.Costello said she wishes the Senate Bill 91 repeal she sponsored — Senate Bill 127 — had been heard.SB91 changed the state’s criminal sentencing, bail and probation laws and has been the subject of a lot of public criticism.“I think it’s a vital conversation that we have to have with the Legislature and the public, because, in my community, people are not able to walk out their front doors even with a feeling of safety,” Costello said.It was not immediately clear after the meeting if any of the legislation would be scheduled for a future hearing in another meeting.last_img read more



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Web Design Tips for Lightweight Startups

first_imgAn approach to web design as a startup should be focused into six core areas. What are these subgroups? They include graphic design, interaction design, information architecture, user experience, usability testing and branding. All of these are intertwined and pivot on each other. Often times, developing any one of these subgroups will cause a change in another. If you’re looking to streamline user experience, for example, your alterations will likely influence the website design.As lightweight startups are concerned, branding can be shelved in favor of more pressing design considerations. Also, getting your site live will result in a competitive advantage in the sense that you’re increasing the amount of time your product is available for viewing.Web design is something that has a lot of points of to consider. But as always, the more insight you gain, the more intuitive your web design decisions will be. Read the full article by Veronika Sonsev for more information on this topic.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more



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