What will happen to Senate Bill 5?
Count us among those more than mildly curious about what is going to happen to Senate Bill 5 in the House.
That measure is: ”An Act prohibiting groups controlled by a legislator from soliciting and accepting contributions or from making certain contributions and expenditures during a regular or special legislative session; and prohibiting some lobbyists from making campaign
contributions to certain groups.”
It was filed in the Senate after Rep. Gabielle LeDoux, an Anchorage Republican, who now is part of the Democrat-led coalition in the House, formed her own political action committee, “Gabby’s Tuesday PAC.”
The committee can take money from business, unions – and lobbyists. It has taken in more than $26,000 since it was registered with the Alaska Public Offices Commission last August.
The Senate passed SB5, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Meyer, an Anchorage Republican, and transmitted it to the House on April 10. If passed by the House and signed into law, it appears SB5 would put a serious dent in LeDoux’s money and influence machine.
Upon arrival in the House, the measure was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.
A cynic might suggest that as tit-for-tat for her rolling over for the Democrats to give them a majority, the House Democrats might sideline SB5, but we have no reason to believe that, do we?
It will be interesting to see what happens to SB5 – if anything – interesting, indeed.