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Sat Jul 27, 2019, 04:47 AM

House to meet on Monday for crucial vote

Having voted through the three bills to restore funding to the government and allocate a Permanent Fund Dividend, the House of Representatives is recessed until Monday, when a crucial, potentially final, vote will take place.

House Speaker Bryce Edgmon’s office sent out a press release Thursday evening saying that the House would vote to rescind its previous action on the capital budget bill. The House was one vote shy of passing it on July 22, but the speaker’s office said in a press release that they were confident that a 30th vote would be obtained before the end of the month, either from a legislator who was not present or from someone who had previously voted against the bill.

Friday morning the House finished its work on HB 2003, the bill which would allocate $1,600 for a PFD. When the House moved to adjourn until Monday, Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, raised an objection.

“People are tired of us wasting their money,” she said. If there was work to be done, it should be done, Wilson said, citing the expenses many legislators incur while in Juneau.

Read more: https://www.juneauempire.com/news/house-to-meet-on-monday-for-crucial-vote/

The governor wants a $3,000 PFD and may veto the bill.

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