JUNEAU, Alaska — The Latest on the Alaska legislative session (all times local):
Alaska House Speaker Bryce Edgmon says there doesn’t appear to be support at this point to extend the legislative session by another 10 days.
Another alternative for lawmakers to complete their work is to meet in special session.
Wednesday marked the 121-day constitutional deadline for the regular session to end. Major issues, including the budget and a plan for addressing Alaska’s multibillion-dollar deficit, remain unresolved.
The House’s lengthy floor calendar Wednesday included bills unrelated to the fiscal situation that will not die when this regular session ends.
Edgmon says ideally the House would be working on fiscal issues with the Senate. But the two sides are at odds over how best to move forward.
Edgmon says the House promised it would continue working on other bills while in session.
The Alaska Legislature has paved a way for ride-share companies to do business in the state.
The Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation setting out rules for ride-share companies that previously passed the House. The measure next goes to Gov. Bill Walker for consideration.
The bill had faced criticism from taxi companies worried that the entrance of ride-share groups, like Uber or Lyft, would drive down wages for their drivers.
Sen. Mia Costello, an Anchorage Republican, called the measure a jobs bill that also will give Alaskans additional transportation options. She and Sen. Anna MacKinnon, another supporter of the bill, hugged following the Senate vote.
Wednesday marked a constitutional deadline for Alaska lawmakers to end their regular session. But with a budget and plan for addressing Alaska’s multibillion-dollar deficit unresolved, more time is needed.
Options include extending for another 10 days, which requires two-thirds support in each chamber, or looking to Gov. Bill Walker to call a special session.
House Minority Leader Charisse Millett said Tuesday that her caucus was not inclined to support a 10-day extension. She said the House majority, during the already extended session, had failed to stay focused on the budget and a fiscal solution.
The House and Senate also remain at odds over oil tax and credit policy. While there’s general agreement about ending cashable tax credits, House majority members have favored additional tax changes.