Legislature Misses Deadline But Finishes Session

Neither the House nor the Senate met the ninety-day deadline in adjourning the session early Monday morning. But, after a lot of pressure involving some of the most important issues that have been before them this year, they got the job done.

  • It passed a merit scholarship bill and punted on where the money will come from and they passed a large capital budget.
  • It took a re-consideration vote, but in the end they agreed to separate the state tax on gas produced here from the tax on oil produced here.
  • They put the Alaska Railroad in charge of the bullet line.
  • Lawmakers also voted to require interest groups paying for political campaign advertisements to identify themselves on the air.

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

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