Legislature setting session priorities, including Palin inquiries

State lawmakers don’t plan to pursue abuse of power findings against Governor Sarah Palin, but they do want to know why their subpoenas were ignored in last fall’s “Troopergate” investigation. Some are annoyed that possible witnesses snubbed a September legislative hearing into Palin’s firing of her public safety director Walt Monegan.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jay Ramras — a Republican from Fairbanks — wants to know more about Attorney General Talis Colberg’s role in their failure to show. Ramras could hold hearings as early as next week. The 14 people, who included some of Palin’s top aides, did ultimately testify or provide written statements.

Meanwhile, the Alaska Legislature is beginning to establish its priorities for the session — with the revenue cash flow problem topping the list of issues that will put everything else in perspective.

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

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