At an event in Anchorage, organizers said the governor’s budget vetoes are not the sole reason they want to pursue a recall. But the vetoes were cited repeatedly.
Alaskans are approaching their legislators in person. They’re holding rallies and sleepovers. And they’re barraging lawmakers with phone calls, text messages and emails by the hundreds.
One request includes cutting $20 million for public schools that lawmakers agreed to as part of the budget deal last spring.
About 200 people gathered outside the Juneau offices of Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan. They called for more gun control legislation, stricter background checks for those buying guns and for legislators to stop accepting money from the NRA.
Recent concerns about sexual harassment both outside Alaska and in Juneau have led lawmakers to consider making changes to the policy.
Sen. Shelley Hughes’ education reform bill is meeting opposition, including from Juneau School Superintendent Mark Miller.
The chairpersons include 11 Democrats and three Republicans, a sharp reversal from the current Republican-led majority.
The chairman of the Alaska Republican Party says the majority of the nonaffiliated candidates are actually affiliated with Democrats.
In the end-of-session flurry of lawmaking, some strange things happen, especially at the tail end of marathon sessions.
Less than two hours after the combative House and Senate seemed to reach a truce on education, a bill dealing with the proposed Knik Arm Bridge fell apart on the House floor.