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Lawmakers pass 90-day mark, wrap up work on day five – Alaska Journal of Commerce – May Issue 1 2014 – Anchorage, AK   Leave a comment

Lawmakers pass 90-day mark, wrap up work on day five – Alaska Journal of Commerce – May Issue 1 2014 – Anchorage, AK.

My main point is posting this is to note the 90-day session was exceeded, again. The Alaska Constitution allows sessions of up-to 121 days. Until voters limited sessions to 90 days in 2006, the Legislature met for 120 days and STILL ran into extended sessions from time to time. The legislator who submitted the proposal for limited session was (and remains) a businessman who said he became frustrated by going to Juneau, spending the first month congratulating one another, having birthday parties for staffers and cocktail parties before finally getting down to business 30 or more days into the session.

There is a move to return the session to 120 days. I say, 90 days should be enough. Stop fooling around. We send legislators to Juneau to get done and get out before they can spend anymore of our money. The occasional extended session is acceptable — occasionally. If we returned the session back to 120 days, they’d still take 125 days to complete their work, but they’d have more time for cocktail parties and birthday cake.

So much to do, so little time: This year’s legislative session shows why 120 days is better than 90 – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Editorials   Leave a comment

So much to do, so little time: This year’s legislative session shows why 120 days is better than 90 – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Editorials.

The Legislative session was rushed and the solution is to … return the session length to 120 days????

Really????

Maybe the writer doesn’t remember when the session was 120 days long. Legislators who had businesses to return to complained that they spent half the session twiddling their thumbs, attending birthday parties for staffers and basically getting half of what was needed done. There were even a couple of extended sessions because the Legislature just couldn’t seem to get its work done.

In other words, it doesn’t matter how long the session is — the legislature will still not get its work done. The shorter session means they have to concentrate on what is important rather than on frivolities and that’s a good thing because the longer the Legislature is in session, the more programs it decides to fund that we generally do not need.

Keep it at 90 days and if there is pressing business that still needs doing, let the Governor call an extended session. Often those “ultra important” bills that get left turn out to have been a bad idea anyway and this is discovered in the summer break.

It should be noted that Texas’ legislature meets only every other year for 140 days. That may seem limiting, but it forces them to get their work done quickly and efficiently and to look ahead two years.

If the session here were to be returned to 120 days it might be acceptable if they only met every two years. We must require our legislators to go to Juneau to work, get it done and get out before they start spending money like drunken sailors the way they used to during the 120-day sessions.

Posted April 22, 2014 by aurorawatcherak in Alaska

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