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House adjourns, leaves Juneau after CARES vote

DID SPEAKER EDGMON LEAVE SENATE PRESIDENT GIESSEL AT ALTAR?

The Alaska House adjourned sine die after voting for the CARES Act funding as proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Now, the Senate will take action on it on Wednesday morning.

It was unclear whether the House or Senate would finish their work first, but the House raced through its agenda this morning and passed HB313, while the Senate took its time on the look-alike legislation.

Senators are scheduled to vote on the CARES Act funding on Wednesday, but with the House now adjourned, it is unlikely there will be changes.

There didn’t seem to be any strategy at play about which body would move its bill first and get out of town, but many House members were heading for the airport in early afternoon, having apparently anticipated the hasty adjournment.

But not the Sitka representative. After the House adjourned, Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins held a hearing on his vote-by-mail bill, but he was the only one in the room, and the audio link to the other committee members was problematic.

Only Democrat Reps. Grier Hopkins, Zack Fields, and Andi Story attended online. The hearing was moot because the bill died when the House adjourned earlier in the day.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Yeah, they got homesick so rushed it through.

  • Doesn’t Hopkins have ANY brains? Waiting for a bill hearing after adjournment? How did he get elected?

    • Only ” fools rush in ” to nowhere!

      • Hopkins and Fields are a pair of idiots. Marijuana, gay rights, extreme environmental advocates. Ask I said, a pair of idiots.

  • I would call it a hasty advance to the rear……….

  • Has there ever been a more despicable group of corrupt losers in a government body assembled (apart from the judiciary, of course..) in Alaska’s history? Rarely, in western civilizations, has a group of people been given so much power over a people (Alaskans) they so deeply and clearly despise. I mean, you almost have to respect just how far this group has taken, ignorance and arrogance, how petty and unethical they are— it’s got to be some sort of record. A new standard, has been established. Textbooks will be written about just how vile politicians can be. “How entitled? How inept? How vile?”, future students of civics will ask. Then, in disbelief, they will be shown the words and deeds of this crop and the answer will be “This Vile.”

  • Reminds me of the “You knew I was a snake when you picked me up” story.

  • JKT… Bless his heart!

  • Suppose they had a committee hearing and no one came? Kinda like if a tree falls in the forest….

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