Alaska lawmakers face looming deadline, big decisions
Lawmakers face another looming deadline to complete their work and big decisions on the session's thorniest issues.
Wednesday marks the 121st day of the regular session, the constitutional limit, though a 10-day extension is allowable. Lawmakers last month blew past a 90-day voter-approved session limit.
Legislative leaders have targeted Wednesday to finish but lawmakers must agree on the budget, a dividend amount for residents this year from Alaska's oil-wealth fund and a sprawling crime bill.
House Speaker Bryce Edgmon said Friday he was "somewhat optimistic" the Wednesday deadline was achievable.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy also plays a role. He has supported a full dividend payout but also called for matching spending with revenues. He has said he has not ruled out vetoes or calling a special session to help meet his goals.