After two years of deeply divided, unproductive and bitter legislating, the Alaska Legislature found its stride in the last week to bring a largely productive and smooth finish to the session.
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.
The Legislature is in the final days of the session, but there are still plenty of pieces to be finalized.
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.
There’s still a chance for the distillery cocktail issue to be addressed. The House kicked the tires on the Senate’s capital budget and election considerations are coming into play.
What a difference a few hours can make. The Senate introduces its capital budget, the House stalls out and more details emerge on Rep. Parish. The latest from the Alaska Legislature.
Two members of the House Majority’s leadership voted against the budget because it didn’t fully fund the dividend.