Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued an executive proclamation calling for a second special session at Wasilla Middle School.

The announcement came less than an hour after the Legislature adjourned the first special session without resolving the size of this fall’s Permanent Fund dividend. Lawmakers also failed to come to an agreement on a capital budget.

The proclamation reads:

Under the authority of Article II, Section 9, and Article III, Section 17, Constitution of the State of Alaska and in the public interest, I call the Thirty-First Legislature of the State of Alaska into its second special session in Wasilla, Alaska, at 1:00 p.m., on July 8, 2019, at the recommended venue of Wasilla Middle School, to consider passage of bills on the following subject:

An appropriation bill that transfers the amount authorized under AS 37.13.145 (b) from the earning reserve account (AS 37.13.145) to the dividend fund (AS 43.23.045 (a)) for the payment of permanent fund dividends and for administrative and associated costs for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.

 

In an emailed statement Thursday afternoon, the governor said:

“While the legislature has avoided a no budget scenario, their work is not finished until they provide Alaskans with a full PFD outlined by statute. Today I am calling a second special session in Wasilla so lawmakers can complete their work and follow the law. At this point, a change in venue is necessary to refocus the conversation and remind lawmakers about the people and their PFD. Once the issue of the PFD is solved, these other budgetary issues will fall into place quickly.”

Dunleavy will hold a press conference at Wasilla Middle School Friday to discuss the upcoming special session.

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