April 22, 2011

The Coalition working for you

Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Special Session Status Report

After it became apparent that the Legislature wasn’t going to be able to finish everything and gavel out in time for the 90-day session, the House asked the governor to adjourn the Legislature. Although the Constitution has always allowed the governor to do this if the two bodies cannot agree upon adjournment, it’s the first time it’s ever happened.

When the governor adjourned the Legislature, he also called us back into special session to address specific issues. In this newsletter, I’ll run down the issues included in the call for special session and their status. Things are moving fast right now, so by the time you read this something will probably have changed.

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Note from Rep. Les Gara: Good News For Seniors, College Aid, Possible Please Please End To Special Session Impasse

I know you’re frustrated, and I’ve been incredibly frustrated, that we are in an extended session. But It seems like an end to the impasse may be near. So I won’t mention at all that I’d rather be in the middle of a fishing stream than in the middle of an extended session squabble. I will mention – for those of you who believe in needs-based financial aid so people can afford college and vocational education – that today we made some significant progress.

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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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