Alaska legislators brace for showdown over governor's vetoes

Published: Jul. 9, 2019 at 2:28 PM AKDT
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Leaders of the Alaska state House and Senate acknowledge that they don't have votes in hand to override budget vetoes by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

But House Speaker Bryce Edgmon and Senate President Cathy Giessel hope pressure brought by constituents will sway colleagues to overturn substantial cuts to state services made by the first-term Republican governor.

The House and Senate have scheduled a joint session Wednesday in Juneau to consider veto overrides.

There could be a lot of empty seats.

Dunleavy called for the special session to be held in his hometown of Wasilla. 21 legislators gathered there Monday.

Edgmon says they've been given ample notice of the override session.

He hopes they will show up to vote on what is likely the largest package of vetoes Alaska has ever seen.

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7/9/2019 12:52:00 PM (GMT -8:00)