The Anchorage Democrat would like to have some input in finding a replacement as he considers stepping away after 16 years.
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 messy, twisting process of getting this fix through the Legislature is particularly illustrative of the strange things that happen in the final days of the legislative session.
Kito took issue with the leeway the House Majority Coalition has given House Rules Committee chair Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux on multiple issues.
Most expect Eagle River Republican Rep. Lora Reinbold will seek the open seat.
In the final days of the session, the Legislature finally approved a smoke-free workplaces bill that’s been in the works for five years.
Senate Bill 63 has been locked up in the House Rules Committee for the nearly the entire session. It’s finally scheduled to be up for a vote today, which is likely to be the final day of the session.
A last-minute amendment by a former bar owner targeting distilleries and breweries snarled a fix to the distillery the cocktail issue and years of negotiations on alcohol laws.
Guttenberg made the announcement to the monthly meeting at the Fairbanks Laborers’ hall, which helped launch his political career.
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.