Senate Democrats raised grave concerns that the by-mail election could disenfranchise voters.
The dividend goes to recipients of the 2019 dividend.
Both the Senate and governor’s administration have been closely involved in the formation of the legislation and support the measure. If the House process is anything to go by, the measure could be into effect by this Monday or even sooner.
Saving leverage for a fight that may never come.
It’s a measure that several legislators and Alaska Native leaders say would be a significant step in repairing and advancing the state’s relationship with tribes.
Legislators hope to hold the first hearing on the bill by the end of the week, but that would require minority Republicans to sign off on the meeting.
The state’s budget picture is looking worse and worse every day.
The Legislature is already ahead of schedule on the budget.
The Dunleavy administration tried to make the case that breaking the spending limit on the permanent fund’s earnings to repay last year’s PFD isn’t the end of the world.
Here’s how the remarkably speedy process came together.