House Speaker Bryce Edgmon’s News from the Capitol

The principal components of an adjournment agreement are becoming evi-dent as progress continued this week on several “big ticket” bills.
On Wednesday the House/Senate Conference Committee for SB 26—the Permanent Fund restructuring bill—released a draft committee substitute that is now being used as a basis for compromise discussions toward support for final passage.

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Rep. Bryce Edgmon’s News from the Legislature

There were good signs this week that the Legislature is on track to finish the 2018 session within the time limit allowed by the State Constitution. Produc-tive negotiations continue between all concerned to reach the set of agree-ments necessary to reach adjournment.

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Legislature Passes Early Funding for K-12 Education

On Wednesday this week the House voted to concur with changes made in the Senate to the Education early funding bill we sent over to them in Febru-ary. This means school districts across the state can better plan for the com-ing year and also avoid the frustration and turmoil of teacher lay-off notic-es that would have had to go out if funding were still pending.

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Speaker Bryce Edgmon’s News from Juneau: House Continues Lengthy Debate over Operating Budget

For four straight days (and counting) the House has been debating several dozen proposed amendments to the FY19 Operating Budget. By far the greater number of them were brought forward by the House Republican caucus, and a large percentage of them have targeted funding for pro-grams and services that, in my opinion, have already been cut to the bone in recent years.

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