CORRECTION: We mistakenly identified Anchorage Senator Cathy Giessel represents Fairbanks. We apologize for the error.
Every March, the Alaska legislature shuts down so lawmakers can travel to Washington, DC to participate in the Energy Council. The Council is a non-profit whose stated mission is to facilitate discussion about energy and environmental issues. But the trips have frequently been criticized as taxpayer-funded junkets.
The Washington meeting is just one of four the group holds every year. The latest was in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, over the weekend. Stephanie Joyce was there and as she reports, so were some Alaskan legislators – and Alaskan lobbyists.