2022 legislative session to begin January 18

Published: Jan. 17, 2022 at 4:11 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The next legislative session in the state of Alaska is set to begin on Tuesday, January 18.

On January 17, Governor Mike Dunleavy held a press conference highlighting his priorities for the upcoming session.

The governor says he hopes the legislature will solve the Permanent Fund Dividend issue facing the state.

Dunleavy also discussed efforts to make Alaska more self-sustainable by growing its agriculture.

In addition, his administration is putting forward bills addressing sex trafficking and election integrity.

“We’re going to be introducing an election integrity bill,” Dunleavy said. “Everyone will get a chance to look at that sooner than later. We hope that the legislature works on this bill as soon as possible because we’re facing an election in August. We’re facing a general in November. It’s going to be a very interesting year. We’ve got redistricting. As we stare at a whole new election scheme, some call it BM 2, some call it ranked-choice voting, we gotta make sure that we’ve got the resources in place to educate people.”

The governor’s full press conference can be found on his official Facebook page.

The legislative session is scheduled to last 120 days.

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