Stop introducing frivolous bills — that’s one representative’s proposal to colleagues in the Alaska House. Lawmakers have been in session for nearly a month, but the House took up a long-term budget fix for the first time this week.
After hearing bills to allow selfies in voting booths, as well as a measure on wolf management outside of Denali National Park, freshman Rep. DeLena Johnson (R-Palmer) introduced HCR 6 to halt committee work on non-budget or revenue related bills, until the state’s annual operating budget is passed.
“We’ve heard some of these things that are out there. We’ve had some fun, but now it’s time to get down to business,” said Johnson in an interview Thursday. “That’s really what it is, a gentle reminder, come on folks, let’s get to work.”
A similar proposal was taken up in the House last year — at the time, it passed immediately on the House floor. HCR 6 will have to work its way through two committees before it will be up for a vote.
House Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck said the House saw last year that the proposal was not effective because non-budget bills were later rushed through the process and passed at the end of the 90 day session.