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Drama-filled legislative session ends with unresolved questions


August 8, 2019

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The special Alaska legislative session that began cloaked in drama is ending quietly.

Tuesday marks the 30-day session limit. No floor sessions were planned to mark the official end, which comes more than a week after lawmakers finished their work on issues Gov. Mike Dunleavy asked them to consider.

The Legislature approved restoring much of the operating budget money Dunleavy vetoed. The level of support needed for that was far less than what was needed to override the vetoes, which lawmakers failed to do amid a dispute over the session’s meeting location.

Dunleavy has the option to cut again.

He also has a say on the dividend residents get from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund. He wanted lawmakers to approve a roughly $3,000 dividend but they approved one of about $1,600.


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