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Thu May 7, 2020, 05:14 AM

Depending on how meeting goes, lawmakers could find themselves back in Juneau

The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee will meet Wednesday to discuss whether to approve the governor’s proposal for allocating roughly $1.5 billion in federal COVID-19 relief money.

Some lawmakers have questioned whether the revised program legislative requests, or RPL process, is the best way to get funds to Alaskans.

“It depends on the money,” said Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau. “There are some places where the RPL is the right way to legally put the money to work, there are other places where the RPL process doesn’t fit, it’s outside the law.”

Kiehl said there are strict rules concerning when LB&A is allowed to act on behalf of the whole Legislature, and if the committee appropriates money in a legally dubious way it could lead to litigation that would tie the money up in court.

Read more: https://www.juneauempire.com/news/depending-on-how-meeting-goes-lawmakers-could-find-themselves-back-in-juneau/

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