Lawmakers look at shorter legislative sessions

Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers are looking at a proposal to shorten legislative sessions from 120 to 90 days.

Sen. Gretchen Guess, D-Anchorage, said she is sponsoring the proposed constitutional amendment because she believes legislators could get their work done more quickly if they had tighter deadlines.

The change would save about $900,000 a year, Guess told the Senate State Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

Sen. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River, said he wants more information on how the switch to a shorter session has worked in other states and what experts on government think of the idea.

He questioned whether the change would shift the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches.

The committee is scheduled to take the measure up again in two weeks.

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