JUNEAU – Today, Gov. Mike Dunleavy amended his call for the Second Special Session to include the unfinished capital budget appropriations bill and to change the session location from Wasilla to Juneau.

Lawmakers will gather in the Alaska State Capitol tomorrow, Thursday, July 18, to begin working on the expanded agenda and to continue working on the many pressing issues facing our state.

“Legislative leaders from all four caucuses are meeting frequently with the governor. We have identified areas of alignment and found a productive next step to move Alaska forward,” Senate President Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage) said. “I thank the governor, Speaker Bryce Edgmon, Senate Minority Leader Tom Begich, and House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt for their active participation in negotiations for the benefit of the Alaska we all love.” 

“Alaskans deserve an end to the political turmoil that is disrupting daily life for so many people across our state and causing uncertainty in our economy and communities,” House Speaker Bryce Edgmon (I-Dillingham). “The only way we will get through this is if we set aside our disagreements and come together. This is a significant and encouraging step in that direction.”

Senate Democratic Leader Tom Begich (D-Anchorage) issued the following statement: “I personally want to thank the Governor for calling the Legislature to Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. Alaska is facing a number of challenges. The Governor’s call will ensure we address these challenges together as we continue to work to bring hope and opportunities to all Alaskans.

“We look forward to continuing the dialogue with the Governor, the Senate President, the Speaker of the House, and the House Minority Leader to address this year’s dividend, fund a capital budget that brings in more than one billion federal dollars for roads and infrastructure, and seek a path to restore services that have been subjected to vetoes.”

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