Alaska Legislature ratifies federal virus relief aid plans

Published: May. 19, 2020 at 10:01 AM AKDT
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The Alaska House and Senate passed bills Tuesday ratifying plans for using more than $1 billion in federal coronavirus relief aid,

to take up the issue.

The measure passed the Senate 19-1, with Sen. Lora Reinbold, an Eagle River Republican, dissenting. It passed the House 38-1, with Republican Rep. David Eastman of Wasilla voting no.

The House promptly adjourned.

The Senate, which passed its own ratification bill, stayed in session to consider the House version of the measure. Senate Rules Chair John Coghill said he was surprised by the House adjournment. His committee planned to hear the House version Tuesday, and the Senate planned a floor session Wednesday.

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the spending plans prompted lawmakers to return to Juneau on Monday.

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