JUNEAU, Alaska — The Latest on Alaska’s special legislative session (all times local):
The Alaska Senate bungled its adjournment from the first special session. But a Department of Law spokeswoman says that has no impact on Gov. Bill Walker’s proclamation calling a new special session.
The Senate on Friday morning adjourned from the first special session without voting on whether to do so after Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner objected. The House adjourned late Thursday.
Walker issued a proclamation calling lawmakers into a new special session after the Senate adjourned.
Before gaveling in for the new session Friday afternoon, Senate President Pete Kelly allowed for a vote on closing the first special session. Once that was held, he then called the Senate to order on the new special session.
Department of Law spokeswoman Cori Mills says Walker does not have to issue a new proclamation.
Alaska legislators opened a new special session Friday after failing to reach agreement on a budget and a plan to address the state’s deficit during the prior special session.
The House late Thursday adjourned from the first special session after passing a budget proposal that Senate President Pete Kelly said the Senate would not support. The Senate did not vote on the measure before adjourning Friday.
Gov. Bill Walker limited the new special session, at least initially, to the state operating budget, with the threat of a government shutdown looming. The new fiscal year starts July 1.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has called legislators into a second special session, after they failed to reach agreement on a budget and plan to address the state’s deficit.
Walker issued his proclamation Friday, shortly after the first special session ended. His agenda includes one item – the budget.
The new special session is scheduled to start Friday afternoon.
The new fiscal year starts July 1.
The Alaska Legislature has adjourned from a special session without reaching agreement on a budget, setting the stage for another special session as the threat of a government shutdown looms.
Late Thursday, over the objection of minority Republicans, the House majority coalition voted to cram a budget to fund state operations into Alaska’s capital budget.
The House then adjourned from the special session, forcing the Senate to either take-or-leave the proposal.
Senate President Pete Kelly said the Senate would not support the plan. Gov. Bill Walker said the House “did not get the job done for Alaska.”
The Senate adjourned without debating the measure Friday morning.
Lawmakers are under pressure to pass a budget before the new fiscal year starts July 1.