Johnson said constitutional amendments should go to a vote of the people, which is how the process already works.
Dunleavy’s proposal would stretch out the repayment of dividends over the next three dividends.
Anchorage Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski’s taking the lead on the repayment of reduced and vetoed PFDs.
Wielechowski’s caused Senate Republicans plenty of headaches in recent years.
The two found common ground on the PFD, but only Wielechowski seemed able to work across partisan lines.
The bill restructures the permanent fund to pay for government, formalizing what the Legislature was already planning on doing. Some say it’ll act like a spending limit, others worry it’ll be easily ignored.
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.
The three bills had been sidelined amid a “Mini Mutiny” of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s meeting devolved on Saturday amid brinkmanship between the chair and its members.
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