A set of rules distributed to lawmakers said face masks were mandatory. All of the House members wore masks during a floor session. Six of the seven members of the Senate Finance Committee chose not to wear masks during a committee meeting.
House members have brought different ideas on addressing crime to the House Judiciary and House Finance committees.
The split is particularly tough for the people who want to be legislative aides, who have to wait to see if they’ll have a job.
The House majority caucus meets Monday evening and could remove representative, accused of assault, from the caucus and his committee assignments.
An Alaska lawmaker is calling for state Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux to resign her post as chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, claiming she failed to investigate a sexual harassment complaint from a legislative aide.
The national reckoning with sexual harassment has reached Juneau. Both chambers of the Alaska Legislature are seeking to make changes to their sexual harassment policies, lawmakers said Thursday.
The House passed the amendment that rewrote the bill with the minimum votes required, 21-16.
Considering the governor and the Legislature’s majorities remain far apart on an income tax and other tax increases, it doesn’t look like the session will end any time soon.
The bill would save the state more money over the next three years than a previous version of House Bill 247.
Progress on the state government budget has slowed to a crawl this week, but Gov. Bill Walker remains hopeful the Legislature will reach an agreement on an oil and gas tax bill that’s at the center of budget talks.