Anchorage Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski’s taking the lead on the repayment of reduced and vetoed PFDs.
A last-minute flurry of bills saved the 30th Legislature from being the least productive in history, but there were still plenty of bills left behind.
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 Judiciary Committee’s meeting devolved on Saturday amid brinkmanship between the chair and its members.
It’s the latest the budget has ever passed the House since the creation of the 90-day session.
Instead, legislators voted to support a $1,600 dividend.
The Senate also seems to be backing away from a major voter record law change.
A House committee also introduced an updated version of the gun violence protective order bill that narrows the scope of the bill.
Legislation passed the House last year that would allow people with overturned convictions to apply for missed dividends. It has not yet had a hearing in the Senate.
The House Finance Committee did one last round of budget amendments before sending the budget to public testimony.