Legislature convenes in Juneau, but House still not organized

Legislature convenes in Juneau, but House still not organized

The state Legislature convened on Jan. 15 on schedule but the body is only partly functional because the state House is mired in a 20-20 stalemate between Republicans and 16 Democrats aligned with two Republicans and an independent, and one Republican refusing so far to join either faction. Without one group or the other having 21 votes, or ideally more to assure a margin of control, the House cannot elect a Speaker and do ordinary legislative business. The Senate is organized and is holding committee meetings. Lawmakers are awaiting Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s amended Fiscal Year 2020 budget due on Feb. 13. The governor is reported to be planning significant spending reductions.

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