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Rep. Petersen’s Report from the Capitol: Special Session Continues: Senior Benefits, Regulatory Commission Extended

Today is the fifth day of the special session, and it is getting to feel pretty weird here in Juneau. My Capitol office is bare, since almost everything in it has been boxed up and is being shipped to Anchorage. I am really anxious to go home, but I am going to stay here in Juneau as long as it takes to get the job done. The House and Senate Finance Committees are still at an impasse over the operating and capital budgets, but we have been able to pass some important bills in the last week.

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Rep. Doogan in Juneau: Special Halls (and falls) of Government Edition

Moving fast, but not getting far We’ve been in special session since Monday morning. In that time, the House has met four times. The powerful House Finance Committee, of which I am a weary member, has met three times. And the House and Senate have sent three bills (HB 126, SB 42 and SB 84) to the governor. One way to look at that is this: We should meet in special session all the time. Our bill-production rate is three times the rate of the regular session.

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Berta’s Briefings from Rep. Gardner: What the Heck Happened?

Shortly before the start of floor session on the 90th day, House Majority leadership notified the Democratic caucus that it was their intention to pass a resolution asking the Governor to adjourn the legislature and call us into special session immediately. A special session was needed because the legislature had not completed the statutory mandate of passing the operating budget.

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Note from Rep. Gara: The Avoidable Special Session: Why the Governor’s Threat Against the Senate on Oil Taxes Didn’t Help Things.

Let me say this for the record. The Legislative session should have ended yesterday. I was willing to get all my work done, but in politics at the end of session the negotiations get taken over by a few of the highest ranking leaders – and roughly 50 of the 60 of us have no say other than the moral prodding we can offer those negotiators. That’s not to say who among the negotiators was at fault. But here’s what I do know, and what most of the media didn’t report.

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I’ve been to two goat ropings and a county fair, but I ain’t seen nothing like this before. Last night, the first session of the 27th Alaska Legislature came apart like a cheap suit in a hard rain. First the Senate, then the House came crawling to the governor to get them out of a jam that the same governor had helped them into in the first place. It was, bar none, the saddest performance yet by state officials in the 50-plus years of the state’s history. And that includes a governor who was impeached (but not convicted) and three legislators who were indicted AND convicted.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Historic Action – Legislature Called Into Special Session

As you may have already heard, the Legislature has been adjourned by the Governor and called into special session beginning today. I am very disappointed that the Legislature was not able to follow the mandate from the voters to finish our business in 90 days. It is the Legislature’s duty to cooperate to advance Alaska’s interests, and I want to see results through cooperation. I am prepared, however, to stay in Juneau as long as it takes to get the job done and make sure the people’s business is finished.

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Rep. Petersen’s Report from the Capitol: Session Adjourns, Special Session Starts On Monday; Computer Privacy Law Passes;

Tonight the Legislature voted to adjourn, despite the disagreements between the House and Senate Finance Committees over the operating and capital budgets. I voted to adjourn, because I believe it is important to honor the 90 session law passed by the voters. But this is not an end to this year’s legislating, and we will be starting a special session on Monday to complete the budget and address other important unfinished business.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: EOS? Maybe not so… Why Does it Take So Long? Permanent Fund Tops $40-Billion!

As you may have already heard, the end of session is scheduled for Sunday at midnight. Right now, at 8pm, it looks very unlikely that the Legislature will finish the work that we need to do to adjourn. The budget, Susitna Dam energy issues, college scholarships and coastal environmental policy remain in play tonight. With so much work left to be done, it wouldn’t be right to adjourn without finishing our work.

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