Update: Legislature votes to leave Juneau, for now

Update | 4:08 p.m.

Gov. Bill Walker says he’s disappointed in the legislature, but won’t take any more action to preclude the its departure.

Original post | 2:55 p.m.

Alaska lawmakers voted today to leave Juneau, for now.

The House and Senate each passed a resolution to let legislators recess until May 12. The vote in each house followed caucus lines, with minority Democrats in opposition.

Proponents with the Republican-led majority caucuses said the break would offer a cooling off period amid the budget impasse that led to the special session. Opponents said the break means leaving Juneau with an incomplete budget and a duty unfulfilled.

Imminent renovations would effectively put legislators out of the Capitol building. Proponents of the recess alluded to holding committee hearings on the special session’s unresolved legislative business — Medicaid expansion, the budget and a bill to implement sexual abuse prevention education in schools — during the recess on the road system.

Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan said the capital city will be ready for legislative business to resume May 12.

Jeremy Hsieh

Local News Reporter, KTOO

I dig into questions about the forces and institutions that shape Juneau, big and small, delightful and outrageous. What stirs you up about how Juneau is built and how the city works?

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