Rep. Bryce Edgmon’s News From the Legislature

On Saturday the legislature passed the operating and capital budget, a separate bill to extend the disaster declaration, and then went into an extended recess. The budget was transmitted to the governor Sunday. He will have 15 days excluding Sundays to make his decision on whether to veto items or not.

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Rep. Bryce Edgmon’s News From the Legislature

It’s been quite a week. So much has happened, from coronavirus to oil prices, and the stock market, all of which combined has led to reduced state revenue of $500 million or more, it’s a challenge not to be overwhelmed by all the information right now.

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Rep. Bryce Edgmon’s News From the Legislature

We saw the sun and blue sky for the first time in weeks yesterday in Juneau. A reminder that spring, and the 90 day statutory deadline for session ending, isn’t too far off. We’re moving fast down here but here are some items from this past week that might interest you.

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Rep. Bryce Edgmon’s News From the Legislature

It’s hard to believe we’ve spent nearly 40 days in Juneau. I’m happy to report on great progress on the budget and variety of other issues. I’m reflecting today on the life of William Paul (1885 – 1977) who was the first Alaska Native to be elected to the Alaska House of Representatives. Paul helped draft legislation to adopt Alaska’s flag in 1927

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Rep. Bryce Edgmon’s News From the Legislature

Midsession, or day 45 of day 90, is coming into focus. The House is proceeding with debate on the operating budget and we look to be on schedule to deliver a budget to the Senate giving them plenty of time for consideration. As the pace here picks up, here are some items you might be interested in following. And don’t forget to check out “On Deck” to see what’s in store for next week.

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