Rep. Guttenberg taken to hospital for ‘unknown medical emergency’

Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks, comments on a state operating budget amendment in the House Finance Committee in the Alaska State Capitol on March 6. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Fairbanks Rep. David Guttenberg was taken to the hospital from the state Capitol building at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Michael Mason, a spokesman for Guttenberg’s caucus, said the lawmaker had an “unknown medical emergency.” Mason said Guttenberg was conscious, talking and in “good spirits” before he was taken away.

The emergency interrupted hearings on the state’s operating budget in the House Finance Committee, on which Guttenberg sits.

The committee plans to resume work on the budget later next week.