Alaska’s 28th legislature meets in Juneau on Jan. 15. Some legislators have already filed bills in advance of the 90 day session. Democratic Senator Bill Wielechowski of Anchorage has pre-filed a bill that allows active-duty military members who have maintained their Alaska residency while outside the state to retain their Permanent Fund dividend eligibility.
Representatives David Guttenberg and Scott Kawasaki, both Fairbanks-area democrats, are sponsoring a bill to reduce Alaska student loans by 2.5 percent annually, if students maintain their state residency.
The legislative session is scheduled to run through April 14, but the state constitution allows for a 30 day extension.