The 27th Alaska State Legislature, 2011 - 2012||
Press Release: House Majority Press
Day 20/21 Special Session Status Update
Posted: May 8, 2011
Contact: Sheila Finkenbinder, 465-6887
(Juneau) - With the first special session this year two-thirds over and no compromise on the capital budget, the House Majority will issue daily status reports from Juneau.
On Days 20 and 21 of the special session (Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8), the House did not convene in a floor session. The Senate adjourned on Friday until 1 p.m. Monday without passing new bills to the House, leaving the House without new work to do. The House therefore adjourned on Friday until 2 p.m. Monday.
The weekend’s work included:
- The House Special Committee on Energy and the Resources Committee held a 14-member joint hearing Saturday on many of the capital budget energy projects boxed up in the Senate Finance Committee’s contingency language. That language attempts to ‘veto-proof’ the projects as a single package, and has been the primary sticking point in negotiations with the Senate throughout the special session.
- The Senate Finance Committee hearing on bills previously heard – including the three outstanding items on the Governor’s special session call – was scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, but never convened.
- No meetings in either body were scheduled for Sunday.
Gov. Parnell called the Legislature into a 30-day special session on April 18, the day after lawmakers adjourned the 90-day regular session without passing operating and capital budgets, among other time-sensitive items.
Included in the special session call were 10 bills, all of which were in the Senate’s possession at the close of the regular session. Within days, the House and Senate approved five of those measures. Three of the five outstanding bills – the capital budget, the Alaska Performance Scholarship legislation, and renewal of the Alaska Coastal Management Program – have not left the Senate Finance Committee. The House and Senate gave final approval to the state’s operating and mental health trust budgets on May 6.
Per legislative process, the House is waiting to take action on the outstanding items once the Senate moves the bills out of the Finance committee, through a floor vote, and over to the House.
The House passed every measure in the Governor’s special session call during the regular session, except for the capital budget, which traditionally is first approved by the Senate.