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Proposed constitutional amendment advances

By Associated Press 1:13 PM February 7, 2014

Four Republicans voted for passage

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A proposal that would move a constitutional amendment allowing the use of public funds for private and religious schools to the ballot advanced Friday from the House Education Committee.

The bill passed 4-3 and goes to the House Judiciary committee.

Four Republicans voted for passage, and two Republicans joined a Democrat in voting against it.

HJR1, from Wasilla Republican Rep. Wes Keller, would strike a provision in the state constitution prohibiting use of public funds for the direct benefit of private and religious schools.

It also would add, in a section of the constitution that says public money cannot be appropriated except for a public purpose, that nothing in that section shall prevent payment of public funds “for the direct educational benefit of students as provided by law.”

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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