Leaders from both House caucuses said that their talks are focusing on the vote on the effective date for the budget bill the Legislature has already passed.
A bill protecting the graves of Unangax̂ people forced to live in internment camps in Funter Bay has passed the Alaska Legislature and awaits Gov. Dunleavy’s signature.
The $2,300 PFD amount received support from both conservative and liberal senators. So with the governor on board as well, why isn’t it on a clear path to being adopted?
The Alaska House of Representatives has passed two bills sponsored by Representative Tiffany Zulkosky, D-Bethel.
The bill, written by Kodiak Republican House Speaker Louise Stutes, unanimously passed both the House and Senate.
The measure would provide up to grants through 2024 for students to attend Alaska colleges or postsecondary programs.
House Speaker Stutes also says it would be a challenge to pass PFD plan before considering how to pay for it.
One session would begin on May 20 and focus on the budget and a constitutional amendment to protect permanent fund earnings, the PFD and a fund to lower rural electric costs. The second session would begin on Aug. 2 and focus on amendments to limit spending and require a public vote for new taxes.
Dunleavy said he’s supporting a draft constitutional amendment that would restructure the way the Permanent Fund is managed — a goal that lawmakers have tried and failed to achieve for the last several years.
The nomination of Anchorage resident Abe Williams failed in an 18 to 41 vote during a joint session.