Roger Holland criticizes Cathy Giessel’s leadership of the Senate, but she says her approach reflects the importance of compromise.
A major piece of the end-of-session talks is a bill to draw from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government. The conference committee on Senate Bill 26 is scheduled to meet Saturday.
The vote came after the Senate defeated 24 proposed amendments, including one that would have raised permanent fund dividends to the full amount.
The Legislature is on track to break the record for fewest bills passed in a year, with only five so far this year compared with the current record-low of 32 last year.
The bill no longer accomplishes its original primary purpose. Senate President Pete Kelly said he thinks House leaders were “knowingly misleading” in saying that the bill would fund all schools early.
The House rejected the part of the bill that would use state savings to fund it.
“We’re willing to sit down and negotiate and to talk about what it takes to not only get a budget done for the upcoming year, but to put a package together that keeps essential services in plan and allows for our economy to once again stabilize,” said House Speaker Bryce Edgmon.