Facing lawsuits, Alaska lawmakers consider new social media policy


With two of its members facing lawsuits for their social media practices, the Alaska Legislature is contemplating new advice and policies to cover its 60 members.

On Thursday, the joint House-Senate Legislative Council unveiled its first draft of a new policy, but individual lawmakers voiced objections to the proposal, and further revisions are expected before a final policy is settled.

As explained by legislative staff, the draft policy is an “everything or nothing” approach that advises lawmakers to not discuss legislative issues or business on their personal social media accounts.

If a lawmaker runs an official legislative account on social media, the policy recommends that the lawmaker either prohibit all public

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