30th Alaska Legislature Adjourns

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - AFTER ONE HUNDRED AND 18 DAYS IN JUNEAU, THE 30TH ALASKA LEGISLATURE FINALLY ADJOURNED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

"It is my honor and privilege Mr. Speak under uniform rule 52; I move that the 30th Alaska state legislature adjourn sine die. We're adjourned Sine Die."

GOVERNOR BILL WALKER AND LAWMAKERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ISLE SEEMED PRETTY HAPPY WITH THE LEGISLATURE'S ACHIEVEMENTS THIS SESSION.
AFTER A LONG FINAL DAY, THE LEGISLATURE OFFICIALLY GAVELLED OUT JUST A FEW DAYS AHEAD OF THE 121-DAY DEADLINE REQUIRED BY THE STATE CONSTITUTION.
THE GOVERNOR SAYS HE DOES NOT PLAN TO CONVENE A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION AS HE HAS THE LAST FEW YEARS.
IN PARTICULAR, WALKER COMMENDED THE LAWMAKERS FOR THE PASSAGE OF S- B 26, WHICH WILL USE SOME PERMANENT FUND EARNINGS TO REDUCE THE BUDGET DEFICIT TO 700 MILLION DOLLARS, WHILE ALSO GIVING QUALIFIED ALASKANS A 16 HUNDRED DOLLAR DIVIDEND CHECK THIS YEAR.

Senate President Pete Kelly spoke after the session about what both sides of the isle accomplished.

"We stopped an income tax that I think would have been debilitating to this state, we stopped taxes on oil companies at a period of time that they were laying off thousands and they happen to be our leading industry and we have now with SB 26 stabilized the dividend, I think we guaranteed it to the future."

EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE 30TH LEGISLATURE WAS ON TRACK TO PASS THE FEWEST NUMBER OF BILLS IN STATE HISTORY.
HOWEVER, WITH THE SESSION OVER, A TOTAL OF 145 BILLS CLEARED BOTH CHAMBERS, ABOUT 30 MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS LEGISLATURE.