Alaska Senate revamps leadership structure

The Senate today reorganized its leadership structure following Anchorage Republican John Cowdery’s resignation as Chairman of the powerful Rules Committee. Cowdery has been ill and his return to the capitol has been delayed. In his place, the Senate chose Kodiak’s Gary Stevens, the majority leader, to take over the job of deciding which pieces of legislation will be heard on the floor. Stevens has been acting as Rules Chairman in Cowdery’s absence since the special
session that began in October of last year.

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau