Second Special Session Ends, 2019 Legislative Business Concludes

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PRESS: Second Special Session Ends, Legislative Business Concludes


August 7, 2019 (ANCHORAGE) – The Alaska Legislature has officially concluded its work for the 2019 legislative session.

“After two special sessions, the legislature has fulfilled the governor’s call for the special session,” said Rep. Lance Pruitt (R-Anchorage), House Minority Leader. “While we’re certainly disappointed with some of the legislative outcomes, we will continue to work hard for our constituents and tackle the issues facing our state.”

“Passing the capital budget before the end of the second special session was crucial for Alaskans,” said Rep. Kelly Merrick (R-Eagle River). “As we move through the summer, I will continue working with my colleagues in the House to develop a sustainable fiscal future for our state.”

“Come early October, there are going to be a lot of Alaskans furious that the House and Senate majorities made the decision to confiscate nearly half of their rightful dividend checks,” said Rep. Cathy Tilton (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su), Republican Finance Leader. “We fought very hard for that full dividend, but at the end of the day, only the majority of the legislature can authorize the full dividend, and they chose not to do so.”

 “The House and Senate majorities have neglected their oaths,” added Rep. Sarah Vance (R-Homer). “When we are sworn in, we promise to uphold the constitution and laws of Alaska. That was not accomplished this session as it relates to funding the full, statutory Permanent Fund Dividend.”