DID SPEAKER EDGMON LEAVE SENATE PRESIDENT GIESSEL AT ALTAR?

The Alaska House adjourned sine die after voting for the CARES Act funding as proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Now, the Senate will take action on it on Wednesday morning.

It was unclear whether the House or Senate would finish their work first, but the House raced through its agenda this morning and passed HB313, while the Senate took its time on the look-alike legislation.

Senators are scheduled to vote on the CARES Act funding on Wednesday, but with the House now adjourned, it is unlikely there will be changes.

There didn’t seem to be any strategy at play about which body would move its bill first and get out of town, but many House members were heading for the airport in early afternoon, having apparently anticipated the hasty adjournment.

But not the Sitka representative. After the House adjourned, Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins held a hearing on his vote-by-mail bill, but he was the only one in the room, and the audio link to the other committee members was problematic.

Only Democrat Reps. Grier Hopkins, Zack Fields, and Andi Story attended online. The hearing was moot because the bill died when the House adjourned earlier in the day.

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