Sullivan says decisions made by the Trump administration that benefit Alaska are under attack.
House Bill 123 has 12 co-sponsors in the House. It has passed through the Tribal Affairs Committee and the State Affairs Committee and is headed to the House floor for a vote.
Lawmakers must decide whether the state should follow the formula in a 1982 state law or follow a different law that limits how much can be drawn from permanent fund earnings.
A Republican senator has proposed a bill he said would make elections more secure. But it’s raising concerns among advocates for making it easier to vote, who favor a bill proposed by a Democratic House member.
“Our current statute is broken,” said Anchorage Rep. Geran Tarr. “It’s outdated and incomplete.”
The committee plan released on Friday would free up roughly $410 million by using American Rescue Plan Act funds to replace state revenue. That money could be spent on permanent fund dividends; roads and other capital projects; or other items.
A dozen times, Sen. Murkowski has voted to confirm Biden appointments that most Republicans rejected. That’s out of 33 confirmations so far this year.
The House amended the bill on Wednesday in an attempt to assure funding for not just the school year starting this summer, but the one after that.
Gupta was confirmed by a vote of 51 to 49, with only one Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, breaking ranks to join Democrats in approving her nomination.
The Alaska Senate voted 17-1 to remove Republican Eagle River Sen. Lora Reinbold as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.