Governor Walker Calls Second Special Legislative Session In Two Years

Published: May. 18, 2017 at 9:37 PM AKDT
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As the 121 day constitutional mandate to end business arrived, the Alaska State Legislature adjourned their session.

But Governor Walker called them back to a special session, effective today.

When lawmakers adjourned, most knew it would not be for long. Governor Walker made the recess very short, calling them back to work today.

He said lawmakers have to finish their work, the main job being the budget and dealing with a nearly three billion dollar deficit.

"I'm hopeful in these thirty days the discussions that have begun already and are in conference.

Some of the legislation is in conference some is not I think its going to be a productive thirty days, I really do.

There's an acknowledgement of not working together I thing we're going to get there."

Republican Representative Paul Seaton of Homer said there are a number of pieces yet to be added to the puzzle to make it work

"We have to get to new revenues and oil and gas tax credits those pieces and then SB 26 if you can figure out where those are and then the budget is actually based on what kind of fiscal plan you have and what kind of revenue."

Democrat Representative, Bryce Edgmon of Dillingham, said the work has to get done

"With the proclamation issued and narrowing of the scope of business of the legislature that we'llo be focusing on the items the governors put before us."

Alaska U. S. Senator Lisa Murkowski has been following the actions of the state legislature, and said the state lawmakers have their work cut out for them

"When you have a state in a recession with the second highest unemployment in the nation when your production is impacted by low prices and a pipeline that's half full and a deficit a little less than three billion dollars, it requires action."