A good way to track what got passed and what the various legislators think about the session and the issues they dealt with is to go to the four different caucus websites and read press releases, newsletter summaries being sent to constituents, as well as Twitter and Facebook posts.
Here are the links the four caucus groups in the Alaska Legislature.
Check out “Latest News” tab and also look at bottom of page for summary of most viewed, etc. Usually, they post end of session press availability and assorted audio – video items under “Recent Media.”
This caucus site is the best for post-session press releases and bill summaries during the first few days after the session. Also it is the best site to follow for what bills have been signed by the governor, usually with a press release for each bill as it’s signed. Those often take several months to process, so bookmark the site and check back often.
This site tends to be the most active of the four in the off-session, interim months.
Also be sure to check those newsletters to constituents that summarize what happened in Juneau. They are some of the best sources of info in terms of being easy to understand. Also, you get background or “asides” from the legislators that you won’t get anywhere else.
The Senate Majority also does a good job of posting press releases and updates on bill progress and signings after the session is over. Same with audio-video. And same as above for constituent newsletters. Be sure to check the bottom of the home page for latest updates and “In the News” where you’ll find articles, etc. from Alaska media about what Senate does.
The House Minority and the Senate Minority
The Majority Caucuses have the money and the staff to do lots of press stuff, but the two minority caucuses generally have viewpoints and materials you won’t find anywhere else–partly because they don’t get the press coverage the majority does.
(The majority controls the legislature so most of the bills passed are majority bills, so that makes it a fact of political life, not necessarily a pro-Republican thing in terms of press coverage.)
The updates to constituents written by the minority legislators tend to have a totally different tone from those of majority legislators. Plus, the different perspective is refreshing–sometimes the only place you’ll hear many of these thoughts expressed are in the minority members’ letters to their constituents.
The Senate Minority’s take on what happened in the legislature and perspectives on different bills.
This takes you to home page of House Minority’s website which includes recent press releases and commentary. The House Democrats are really good at Facebook and Twitter.
(They won my vote as a good source of info back in the beginning of the year when their Facebook post was virtually the only mention of the State of the State Address before it happened…Maggie)