A House committee also introduced an updated version of the gun violence protective order bill that narrows the scope of the bill.
The floor debate on the budget once again came to a crashing halt.
One amendment would have forced people to choose between their PFD and public assistance.
No one likes the House plan to put the PFD and a POMV draw in the constitution.
Without the additional funding, the state would have had to stop Medicaid payments sometime around the end of the month, putting many smaller health care providers in jeopardy.
The Legislature is nearing what’s normally the final sprint, but there’s still plenty of ways for things to unravel.
The bill would make it easier for grocery stores and restaurants to donate excess food to shelters and food banks.
Kelly’s said “no” to taxes, but his political opponents say his stance will eventually mean no PFD, either.
The flu season is taking its toll on the Alaska Legislature, but work hasn’t slowed much.
Without the additional funding, public defenders would be working beyond their ethical limit leading to slowdowns, delays and mistakes.