House Republicans Request Poll for Holding Special Session in Anchorage
14 House Republicans stand with Rep. Birch’s request
Sunday, October 15, 2017, Anchorage, Alaska – Members of the Alaska House Republican caucus are urging House Speaker Bryce Edgmon to poll the full membership of the body on the topic of holding special session in Anchorage. The poll, if conducted by the presiding officers of each house, would determine whether the legislature shall call itself into special session for the purpose of considering the items listed in Governor Bill Walker’s fourth special session proclamation, dated Sept. 22, 2017, to commence at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 in the Municipality of Anchorage.
“Conducting our business in Anchorage will better enable Alaskans to engage, and personally participate, in legislative deliberations on anti-crime legislation and the governor's proposed tax,” said Representative Chris Birch (R-Anchorage).
The House Republicans members’ request is made pursuant to Alaska Statute 24.05.100(a)(2), which requires two-thirds of the legislature’s membership to respond in the affirmative and, if the legislature is to convene at a location other than the capital, the presiding officers shall agree to and designate the location in the poll.
Fifteen House Representatives have already indicated they would prefer to have the upcoming special session held in Anchorage. A total of 25 more “yes” votes between the House and Senate would be needed for the special session to be held in Alaska’s largest city.
The following House Republicans have signed a letter to House Speaker Edgmon asking for the special session to be held in Anchorage; Rep. Chris Birch, Rep. David Eastman, Rep. DeLena Johnson, Rep. Jennifer Johnston, Rep. Chuck Kopp, Rep. Charisse Millett, Rep. Mark Neuman, Rep. Lance Pruitt, Rep. George Rauscher, Rep. Lora Reinbold, Rep. Dan Saddler, Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, Rep. David Talerico, Rep. Steve Thompson, Rep. Cathy Tilton.
For more information, contact Representative Chris Birch’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.