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Lawmakers don't extend disaster order, ask Dunleavy for help


February 18, 2021

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ Alaska lawmakers, facing a looming deadline and disorganization in the House, have asked Gov. Mike Dunleavy to issue a new disaster declaration to aid the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic despite legal questions surrounding his authority to act.

Dunleavy is "evaluating the options and will make an announcement soon," Jeff Turner, a spokesperson for the governor, said by email.

In a statement late Friday, Dunleavy said in the absence of a declaration, "my administration is fully prepared to manage the rollout and distribution of the vaccine to ensure anyone tha...

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