A long-await bill is scheduled for the floor, the capital budget is growing and multiple bills passed, including one that would bump an initiative off the general election ballot.
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As if Tuesday wasn’t busy enough with the passage of a bill to restructure the Alaska Permanent Fund to pay for government, the Legislature also unveiled a big new crime bill while the Senate passed the capital budget and the initiative buster.
The Senate also rolled out a capital budget with an extra $4 million for public safety, the brewery battle is getting serious and all but one legislator has approved a bill dealing with sexual assault training.
But when asked about their own legislator, about one in two voters were happy.
Some legislators might not be so thrilled to be on the same ballot as a measure targeting their per diem.
“It’s something that we know best about.”
The initiative would ban lobbyists from buying legislators meals, rewrite the rules for conflict of interest and end per diem payments if legislators haven’t passed a budget by the end of the regular session.
There are four initiatives in the works for the 2018 ballot.
A proposed voter initiative for 2018 would cut off legislators’ per diem payments if they don’t pass a budget by the end of the regular…