The Alaska Senate quit its special session in Juneau. But the House is forcing it to continue.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 01:54:26 PM. The Alaska House is continuing to meet in special session, even after the Senate adjourned. That's because the House wants senators to come back and fix a constitutional problem with the criminal justice bill that passed last week.
JUNEAU — Did you think the Alaska Senate's vote Friday to adjourn from the special legislative session would spare you another week of political infighting? If so, you thought wrong. Alaska House leaders said Monday that they're refusing to quit the special session because they want senators to come back and consider a tax proposal from Gov. Bill Walker, and to fix what several attorneys have identified as a constitutional problem with the criminal justice bill that passed both chambers last week. That move effectively makes the Senate's vote Friday moot, since the the Alaska Constitution says neither chamber can adjourn for longer than three days without agreement from the other. And it means that Anchorage Republican Sen. Kevin Meyer, a member of Senate leadership, will be back in Juneau on Tuesday to preside over a "technical session," in which lawmakers conduct no formal business. Meyer and Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan are expected to be the only ones present out of the Senate's 20 members. Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, is expected to preside over another technical session Saturday, said Peter Torkelson, a spokesman for Kelly's Senate majority. But don't count on the full Senate returning to Juneau before the 30-day deadline on the special session runs out November 21. "The Senate voted already," Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon said in a phone interview Monday. "I do not see the Senate rescinding our action." The standoff between the Senate and House...Read more
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