Senate Exits Special Session Without Acting on Budget

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Members of the Alaska Senate decided they were done in Juneau on Friday, quickly passing a crime bill and adjourning without addressing the state's multi-billion dollar budget deficit.
The state House spent weeks debating changes to omnibus crime legislation Senate Bill 91, holding public comment sessions and hearing dozens of amendments in committees and on the floor.
But the Senate took the bill the House passed and adopted it immediately, without amendments or hearings.
The group then adjourned indefinitely without addressing the other item on the session call; new revenue measures to help provide for state services and close the nearly $3 billion dollar budget gap.
Governor Bill Walker and the House majority caucus criticized the Senate majority's action, saying it was irresponsible to adjourn before debating fiscal solutions for the state.