Legislature rushes towards session end

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 00:32


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has run past midnight, with major pieces like education and the capital budget unresolved.

The House was mid-amendment on a crime bill when it broke to allow House Finance to meet on and advance a capital budget.

Co-chair Bill Stoltze said additional education funding would be proposed as a floor amendment.

Sunday marked the scheduled end of the 90-day session. Working past midnight could affect placement of initiatives on this year's ballot.

Education had been a sticking point between the House and Senate. House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt said House leaders told their Senate counterparts the concerns they had with the education bill that emerged from Senate Finance.

Pruitt said they wouldn't know how or if those issues were addressed until the Senate took up the bill.


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