Legislative session continues, with budget vote pending

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The extended state legislative session carries on, with a vote pending on a state spending plan.

Senate President Kevin Meyer said Sunday that Senate minority leader Berta Gardner wanted to wait to take up the budget. Under legislative rules, the conference committee report on a budget is to sit for at least 24 hours before being voted on, unless two-thirds of each the House and Senate support waiving that rule. Meyer said he wasn’t going to fight the minority on that point.

Gardner called it a courtesy to Alaskans to have time to review the budget proposal, which advanced from a conference committee late Saturday night.

The Senate adjourned until Monday, after earlier passing an Interior energy bill the governor considered a must-have. The House canceled its Sunday floor session.

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