Half of the money that doesn’t go to dividends would pay for state education funding.
Vic Fischer, the last surviving delegate from the 1955 Alaska Constitutional Convention, has said now is not the time for another one.
Justice Peter Maassen wrote that the record from Alaska’s constitutional convention showed the importance the delegates placed on holding a joint session for votes on the governor’s appointments.
All three members who were appointed by Republican elected officials supported the map; the two who were not appointed by Republican officials opposed it.
Two board members expressed concern that the voting strength of racial minorities in South Muldoon would be weakened by putting it in the same Senate district as Eagle River.
The board chose a Senate map for Anchorage drawn by board member Bethany Marcum. She was appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
Board member Budd Simpson said the benefits of more compact districts in the final map make it more likely to withstand a legal challenge than a proposal by Bethany Marcum, a fellow appointee of Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
The Senate held just one regular floor session during the special session, on its first day, while the House held two regular floor sessions.
Ketchikan independent Rep. Dan Ortiz says that even with the higher forecast for oil prices, he’s not more likely to back Dunleavy’s PFD proposal. He said it must be weighed against the state’s other needs and the importance of protecting the permanent fund.
State slightly lowers forecast for production due to uncertainty over large projects.