Here we go again
Here’s a surprise: The Alaska Legislature is likely to blow by its statutory 90-day session limit and head for a 121-day session as it weighs how to spend more than $1 billion in American Rescue Plan funding approved by Congress.
That’s not the only reason, of course. There was the House’s month-long tussle – read waste of time – over organizing when absolutely nothing got done.
It is almost to be expected. Since voters in 2006 approved a ballot measure calling for a 90-day session limit, which went into effect in 2008, lawmakers have treated it as a joke. Only twice – in 2009 and 2013 – did they actually wrap up their work in fewer than 90 days, with no special sessions.
Instead, they usually fall back to the Alaska Constitution’s 120-day limit, actually a 121-day limit, which can be extended 10 days by a two-thirds vote.
And you thought these guys actually give a hoot when Alaskans pass a law telling them what to do.