Cockrell replaces Amanda Price, who resigned in February. Price said she was forced out over disagreements with Dunleavy over personnel and policy.
The questioning happened during oral arguments in a lawsuit between Gov. Mike Dunleavy on one side and the Legislative Council and school funding advocates on the other.
Gov. Dunleavy has proposed putting PFDs in the state constitution, as part of an amendment that would outline rules for the overall annual draw from the fund.
Bethel Democratic Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky noted that the statewide COVID-19 threat level remains high. And she said the effect of new, highly contagious variants of the coronavirus in the state is unknown.
Former Gov. Parnell says she was a steady leader who set a respectful tone in the House.
Taylor said it may be appropriate for the Legislature to amend the Alaska Disaster Act based on the state’s experiences over the past year.
The governor also said returning to a disaster declaration would irreparably harm Alaskans’ trust in state government.
More than five weeks after the declaration expired, Dunleavy and some legislators disagree with other lawmakers over whether to bring the disaster declaration back.
The session was delayed by an hour, with House leaders talking with Rep. Christopher Kurka at various times during the delay.
Most offered support for specific state programs like the Alaska Marine Highway System and the community assistance program.