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Lawmakers planning to take breaks

Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- The first measure Alaska House members passed this year was to give themselves some time off.

The House on Wednesday approved two recesses -- one March 2-6 and the other April 13-16.

The breaks are traditional. In March some key legislators leave town to attend meetings of The Energy Council, an organization of legislators from 10 energy-producing states.

The April break gives members a long weekend at Easter, although House Speaker Brian Porter said the recess is not for Easter. It's simply the last weekend lawmakers can go home before the final push to the end of the session in early May.

Both houses of the Legislature must pass a formal resolution if they plan to recess for more than three days.

Rep. John Davies, D-Fairbanks, cast the only vote against the resolution. He didn't object to the April break, but said legislative work shouldn't stop so a few lawmakers can attend Energy Council meetings in March.

''The rest of us ought to stay here and do business,'' Davies said.

Porter said eight-10 lawmakers attend Energy Council meetings in Washington, D.C., and others may go to the capital at the same time to meet with Alaska's congressional delegation.

The measure still must be approved by the Senate.



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