Legislators in the Alaska House of Representatives adjourned sine die Tuesday morning, ending the 2020 legislative session with the ratification of the CARES Act and sending economic relief to Alaskans.
“Alaskans and businesses are hurting,” said Rep. Lance Pruitt (R-Anchorage), House Minority Leader, following adjournment of the session. “Each legislator has different ideas of how this money could be best spent. I’m glad we could put those differences aside and expedite this process so funding could be released into our economy and aide the many Alaskans depending on it.”
“Today was a critical day. I am pleased that we authorized the Administration to disburse the much needed Federal COVID-19 funds that will support small businesses and communities,” added Rep. DeLena Johnson (R-Palmer), House Minority Whip. “The funds have been available for weeks. It was time to get them where they will be used and are most needed.”
“Daily I hear of Alaskans struggling during this difficult time,” said Rep. Cathy Tilton (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su), Republican Finance Leader. “Together we worked to provide much needed aid and ensure this issue didn’t become a political football. Alaskans deserve security in knowing our requirements were met.”
Under current law, Governor Dunleavy can authorize payment of this year’s PFD as early as July 1st when the bill goes into effect.