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.

2 Responses to Here we go again

  1. Aunt Dot April 9, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Sounds as crazy as in the Mat-su they want to allow 4 wheelers and snow machines on the roads now. Its not bad enough that in the summer tourist season it looks like hillbilly central with all the dust the machines kick up, ( I’ve seen this in no other state or province in North America ) but now many drunks and druggies that have lost their motor vehicle license and are left riding 4 wheelers will be on the road causing more mayhem as a lot of these people think it is their “right” to drive impaired at you and your children’s expense.

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  2. RevBill April 8, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Why do we have laws when our “legislators” ignore them.

    Is this not license for each of us to ignore any law we choose?

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