The policies could be changed once the newly elected Legislature convenes Jan. 19.
The Alaska Legislative Council voted on Thursday to keep the Capitol closed to the public, at least until the next Legislature convenes in January. Legislative staff and the news media will still be allowed in the building.
Anchorage Rep. Lance Pruitt, the Republican minority leader, says he made the decision to remove Rep. David Eastman after talking with caucus members.
Former Alaska state Rep. Jason Grenn sponsored an ethics law last year that affects legislators’ per diems. He called a recent vote on retroactive per diem payments “sad.”
Chairman Rep. Dan Ortiz claims minority-caucus Republicans had more of a say on the governor’s ideas than they had in the past.
The newly-formed House majority is working out who will fill its committee seats. Meanwhile, the majority coalition is still trying to add more Republican members who are currently in the minority.
Alaska is one step closer to getting another oil tax credit overhaul. Representatives in the State House voted to send a contentious bill over to the Senate.
All 19 senators who were present and 39 of the 40 House members voted for Senate Bill 46.
Three Republican incumbents and two Democrats who caucused with the Republicans trailed their opponents in a primary that drew only 15 percent of voters
Primary challengers say it’s important for majority-caucus Republicans to maintain party discipline, but some lawmakers say focusing on constituents’ needs can conflict with the party line.