From the Governor's OfficeInformation on the special session has been gathered in one location: http://gov.alaska.gov/Walker/priorities/gasline-special-session.html. This page includes links to press conferences on the topic, the original and amended proclamations, SB3001 and HB3001, reports, and more.
From the LegislatureThe State Legislature has some great tools available for accessing current and archived information and for tracking legislation. These are available during any session, but it's a little easier to track bills now, since there are only two: HB3001 and SB3001.
- Use the tabs on the page page, http://akleg.gov/index.php, to see scheduling, links to supporting content, and current and archived video and audio.
- See current status and previous actions and versions of bills at http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/hs_bill_action.asp?session=29.
- Sign up to get free notifications when a bill's status changes with the Bill Tracking Management Facility (BTMF) at http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/btmf_login.asp?session=29.
- Create a new account if needed, and log in.
- Create a new folder. Give the folder a name and, in the large box, type the bills you want to track. Don't forget to save!
- Watch for emails indicating changes as they are recorded.
Alaska NewsDid you know that all Alaska residents with internet access have tools for tracking and accessing the full text of new articles on just about any subject? Most of the SLED Databases include options for tracking your searches. To track news about the special session, I did a simple search on the gasline and the special session in Newspaper Source Plus. You can do your own by going to the A-Z listing of SLED Databases at http://lam.alaska.gov/databases/a_z. Select Newspaper Source Plus (or, if you're not looking specifically for news, select another), and do the search you want. Apply any limiters. When you get your results, click on the Share icon, and choose your preferred option for updates.
Unfortunately, many Alaskan newspapers are not included in this resource, but all is not lost! If you're an employee of the State of Alaska, contact us here at the Alaska State Library. We have access to additional databases and would be happy to set up an alert for you. If you're not a State of Alaska employee, or if you want more immediate gratification, try setting up a Google Alert. Do your search on Google. When you get your results, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and select the Create alert button.
Do you have any other tips for tracking Alaska legislative information? If they're free to Alaskans, please share them in the comments.