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House set to break record for longest time into a session without organizing

 Snow falls in front of the Alaska Capitol in Downtown Juneau in March 2017
Snow falls in front of the Alaska Capitol in Downtown Juneau in March 2017 (KTUU)
Published: Feb. 5, 2019 at 9:42 AM AKST
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The House is set to break the record for time spent into a session without organizing after a floor session was cancelled Tuesday morning.

Tuesday marks day 22 of the session which is the joint longest time into a session that the House hasn’t organized. The House has adjourned till 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, the 23rd day of the ongoing session.

According to Legislative Research Services, the House took 22 days to organize in 1981 with a 21-seat majority. The razor thin majority was tenuous, on day 153 of that session, Speaker Jim Duncan was overthrown.

On Monday,

The vote failed 20-20 as Rep. Bryce Edgmon, D - Dillingham, who was also nominated, refused to stand for now.

House members need to elect a speaker with at least 21 representatives voting in favor of a candidate. The process of formally making committee assignments can then begin.

Rep. Neal Foster, D - Nome, was elected Speaker Pro Tempore on the second day of session, a typically temporary position with limited powers.