Walker Allows Legislature to Convene in Anchorage This Week

Gov. Bill Walker will allow the Legislature to leave Juneau and convene the special session in Anchorage this week.

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His spokesperson, Grace Jang, said in an email that the No. 1 priority is that lawmakers pass a fully-funded budget.

Walker last month called the special session for Juneau. However, legislative leaders yesterday announced plans to begin holding floor sessions in Anchorage Thursday, citing work on the Capitol as a reason for the move.

A memo from the Legislature’s top attorney says he believes a court would find that lawmakers could not legally convene the current special session outside of Juneau without Walker’s agreement.