Monday, May 20, 2013
State Lawmakers Closer to Second Special Session
The House and Senate have been discussing whether they will return to Juneau for a second special session to address the Alaska Coastal Zone Management Program.
There may be a second special session after all.
Both the State House and Senate say they have 2/3rds votes necessary to call members back to Juneau for a second Special Session to reauthorize the Alaska Coastal Zone Management Program, the federal program that gives states and local communities some say in offshore development on federally-owned lands and waters.
Last week, senators informally voted in favor of returning to Juneau, but it remains unclear tonight if that is still the case.
So far, a Special Session has not officially been called.
According to both House Speaker Mike Chenault and Senate President Gary Stevens, the Special Session is tentatively set for Monday at 11 a.m.
If the second Special Session happens, it will have to be a quick one: the Coastal Zone Management Program is set to expire in six days.
Chenault said he is confident it will only take one day to reach a decision and final compromise.
Ultimately, the legislature would have to vote on a bill and pass it on to the governor for his signature before the deadline to save the program.