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Alaska House cancels formal meeting plans until next week

The Alaska House canceled another floor session over what Speaker Louise Stutes said was an unwillingness by some minority Republicans to comply with mask rules
Published: Mar. 30, 2022 at 2:56 PM AKDT|Updated: Mar. 30, 2022 at 6:16 PM AKDT
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska House has canceled another floor session over what Speaker Louise Stutes said was an unwillingness by some minority Republican lawmakers to comply with masking rules.

Stutes had announced Monday that masks would be required in the chambers until further notice, citing COVID-19 cases. She said Wednesday that several minority Republican lawmakers have chosen not to wear masks.

Floor sessions have been recessed or canceled this week, and a majority spokesperson says the House does not plan to hold another formal floor session until next week. Minority House Republicans say the masking issue is not a viable excuse to abruptly end or cancel floor sessions.

The Senate has not imposed a masking rule amid the outbreak.

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