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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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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. Guttenberg’s Legislative Report: It’s Time To Take Up the Budget; Final Hour Legislation; Thank You UAA Intern; Redistricting;

With one day left the race is on. The main focus will be passing the capitol budget and any final pieces of legislation that have made it through the process. A possible adjournment Sunday may not be realistic as of today. Right now it is my impression that we will be in Juneau as long as it takes to get the work done.

In late May you should be receiving my paper newsletter which will give a more detailed look at projects in the budget and the overall impressions of the session. We also will be working to put together constituent meetings around the district.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: End of Session – Maybe; Pieces of the End Game Puzzle

The last day of session is supposed to be Sunday April 17. However, there’s been some speculation that we won’t be able to finish in time. That all depends on whether or not the House and the Senate can come to an agreement about the capital budget and some other key items. At the end of session, a few key things need to fall into place as the final pieces of the puzzle. This year, the end game is centering around the operating and capital budgets, oil and gas taxes, coastal zone management, performance scholarships and education funding.

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Oil Taxes? Who Knows?

Apparently we are not going to pass an oil tax bill this session. Fine by me. Maybe the delay will allow Gov. Sean Parnell to come to his senses and realize that giving the oil industry a couple of billion dollars a year because – well, just because – isn’t good public policy.

And maybe monkeys will fly out of my nose.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Capital Budget Update; Time is Counting Down;

The Capital Budget is one of the last items to pass at the end of session. The budget contains all of the funds for construction of roads and buildings and special appropriations for one-time items requested by communities. This year, I focused on projects to improve the quality of life, improve energy availability and major state responsibilities including education and state infrastructure. The budget contains some of these important projects for the Fairbanks. The state received thousands of requests that total several billion dollars to 432 communities. Though they are all important to the someone, the Senate had to do a good job of cutting out all but the essential priorities.

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