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News DateWednesday, May 2, 2007 12:00:00 PM UTC0:0
Description House balks at later start date
Lawmakers try to work out kinks in 90-day session bill

By ANNE SUTTON
The Associated Press

The Alaska House on Tuesday questioned the wisdom of changes that were made in the Senate to the 90-day session bill.

Voting 11-28 not to concur with the Senate's version, lawmakers in the House said they were especially concerned with the proposal to begin each session in mid-February.

Rep. Andrea Doll, D-Juneau, voted with the majority. Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, was excused.

Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, said the proposed start time creates too great a lag between the November election and the first day of session when lawmakers are sworn in. He said that makes any outgoing legislator "a very lame duck."

The House had earlier proposed staggering the start dates for the two-year session, with the first year following the general election beginning in January and the second year in February.
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