Lawmakers scatter for annual break

Posted: Friday, March 08, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Most lawmakers headed out of town Thursday for an annual break that started several years ago so a handful of legislators could attend meetings on energy policy in Washington, D.C.

This year eight of 60 lawmakers are attending meetings of the Energy Council. They are Rep. Joe Green, R-Anchorage; Rep. John Harris, R-Valdez, Rep. Bud Fate, R-Fairbanks, Rep. Albert Kookesh, D-Angoon, Rep. Reggie Joule, D-Kotzebue, Rep. Eldon Mulder, R-Anchorage, Sen. Bettye Davis, D-Anchorage and Rep. Scott Ogan, R-Palmer.

Other lawmakers returned to their home districts or headed to the Lower 48.

At least three legislators, along with a number of staff members, are attending a lobbyist-organized trip to Las Vegas. The contingent includes Rep. Pete Kott, R-Eagle River; Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Kenai; and Sen. John Cowdery, R-Anchorage.

Legislators and staff pay for transportation, lodging, golf fees and other entertainment in Las Vegas, but lobbyists say they will pay for at least some drinks and food, including a reception Friday night.

Lawmakers return to work Wednesday.

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