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Mon Jan 18, 2021, 03:34 AM

Facing huge problems, the Alaska Legislature still hasn't decided who's in charge

JUNEAU — Days before the start of the 32nd Alaska State Legislature, the Alaska House and the Alaska Senate are leaderless, leaving the Legislature unable to address pressing state issues.

“There’s nothing new to report,” said Rep. Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham, the House speaker for the past four years.

“We’re working away at it here,” said Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, “but right now, mum’s the word.”

With neither half of the Legislature organized, lawmakers will be unable to consider Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposal to pay nearly $5,000 to each Alaska resident this year. Election-reform measures proposed by Republicans cannot be advanced. Police-reform measures supported by Democrats will also languish.

Read more: https://www.adn.com/politics/alaska-legislature/2021/01/17/facing-huge-problems-the-alaska-legislature-still-hasnt-decided-whos-in-charge/
(Anchorage Daily News)

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