Special Session Plans on Hold

The president of the Alaska Senate says tentative plans for a second special legislative session are on hold.

Republican Gary Stevens, of Kodiak, says the House and Senate still can’t agree on extending the state’s coastal zone management program, which expires July 1, and they won’t meet in special session until a deal is reached.

Legislative leaders had told members last week to book airplane tickets for Juneau in anticipation of a second special session.

Stevens says Senate majority leaders met Sunday morning to reaffirm their position on the coastal zone management program.

Senators want a provision that allows a governor to dismiss members of a Coastal Management Board for cause only. Senators also want a clear definition of local knowledge versus scientific evidence in coast management.

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