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Micciche: No masks in Senate

Alaska Senate President Peter Micciche said today that he is lifting the mask mandate in the Alaska Senate; when senators are at their desks they can take their face masks off. Desks in the House and Senate have been surrounded by Plexiglas since the Covid-19 virus arrived in Alaska.

The Legislative Council has the authority over the rest of the building, and has a working group within the council that is assigned to the mask, vaccine, and testing policies. House Speaker Louise Stutes has authority over the House Chambers and may make a similar announcement now that the CDC has said those who are vaccinated don’t need to wear masks indoors or out.

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Senators will wear masks on the way to desks, but may then take them off. Micciche has expressed the desire to go back to normal — not a new normal with masks, but a normal normal.

Micciche made news known during his regular Friday press briefing. Outside the Capitol building, children were walking to school in Juneau, wearing masks on their way through neighborhoods, while in the open air. For some children in communities, masks are now the “normal normal,” but for those in the Capitol, things are returning to how they were a year and a half ago. But the reporters at the press briefing with Micciche kept their masks on.

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Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
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.


  1. Bad capitalization, bad punctuation, bad spelling. I wouldn’t be too proud of that. Just sayin.

  2. What I do not have authority to do in my person I may not delegate to another or an agency. A department created by the people is never sovereign over the people. That would be repugnant in our republic form of government.

  3. Remember when we were told that N95 or similar masks were essential?
    Now the CDC guidelines include: “Cloth masks should be made with two or more layers of a breathable fabric that is tightly woven (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source).”
    And this: “Masks can be either manufactured or homemade.”
    So now our medical elites are telling us that homemade masks are perfectly adequate protection against an airborne virus.
    Hasn’t it become obvious that this isn’t about protection against sickness and more about obedience to governmental authority?
    Masks don’t protect us, they never did, and homemade masks just make that so plain that only the most indoctrinated still believe.

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