A Little Bit More Than Ninety Days

By Dave Donaldson

Neither the House nor Senate adjourned this year’s session strictly within the ninety-day limit voters set for them.   

Anchorage Republican Con Bunde noted the deadline on the Senate floor.

We are plowing new ground. And for the first time ignoring the ninety day limit and moving on into additional legislative time.  Thank you.

To which Senate President Gary Stevens replied:

Thank you Senator Bunde, but we are not ignoring the Constitution.

Stevens was referring to the Constitutional limit on the length of legislative sessions.   Lawmakers explain that despite the ninety-day statutory limit set by voters,  the constitutional limit remains at one hundred twenty days – and their adjournment was guided by that.

The Senate adjourned at 12:36 this morning; the House at 12:37.


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