House Republicans Firmly Against Mismanagement of Alaskans' Time
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Juneau, Alaska –After 121 days, House Republicans stood against further extending the Legislative session, with no focus or limits. Knowing that Alaskans have asked the Legislature to concentrate on the budget and the state's fiscal future, House Republicans could not support this unrestricted use of time and money.
Despite requests after continuing past the 90-day deadline, the House Majority has failed to narrow the scope of legislation or utilize time efficiently. Informational presentations and non-essential legislation have been advanced at the expense of working on the most critical policy calls before the Legislature, including the budget. With pink slips looming, the Legislature needs to accomplish its constitutional responsibility as soon as possible, without distraction.
Extending this unproductive and unstructured session for ten additional days is not upholding the trust with which Alaskans sent their elected officials to Juneau. House Republicans remain committed to passing a responsible budget and putting Alaska back on a sustainable fiscal path.
For more information contact Press Secretary Mallory Walser at Mallory.Walser@akleg.gov or 907-465-3842