If the Alaska House of zrepresentatives does not organize, session staff would not be considered authorized starting Wednesday.
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Legislature's human resources manager says legislative staff will be affected if the House does not organize a majority.
Skiff Lobaugh, in a memo, says the current speaker, Democrat Bryce Edgmon, temporarily approved staff using interim funding that extends through Tuesday, when the new session begins.
But Lobaugh says if the House does not organize, session staff would not be considered authorized starting Wednesday, and having them work could raise liability issues.
He says provisions exist for floor staff and employees in the chief clerk's office.
While Republicans will hold the most House seats, lawmakers have struggled to organize a controlling majority. Legislators don't always organize strictly along party lines.
If lawmakers are late in organizing, Lobaugh says it is possible authorizations could be made retroactive once organization happens.
More from News of the North
Suspect in assault of police officer arrested
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The man charged with assaulting a female Juneau Police Officer has been identified.
CIP plan okayed by Assembly panel
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The CBJ Assembly Public Works Committee endorsed a $34.7 million capital improvement plan during its meeting Monday.
University students gather in Juneau to protest budget cuts
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A group of University of Alaska students rallied in front of the state capital Monday concerned about budget cuts
Peratrovich coin taken up by State House
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The State House briefly heard the second reading of House Joint Resolution 9 on Monday.
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center director to retire
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - John Neary, the director of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, announced on Action Line Monday that he plans to retire in June
Spring pushing Old Man Winter aside
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Spring Equinox occurs at 2:58 Wednesday afternoon Alaska Daylight Time.
Man who busted out windows headed to prison
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - John Katzeek Sr., 43, was found guilty at his trial of criminal mischief in the third degree.
Akiachak man found dead
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The body of a Western Alaska man was located by authorities early Sunday morning.
False statement on sport fish & hunting application nets fine
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A Juneau man has been fined $310 for making a false statement about his residency on a sport fish and hunting license application.
Republicans walk out on education committee
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Three Republican members of the House Education Committee walked out of committee hearings this morning to bring attention to the committee’s lack of transparency on the budget process.
Alaska school district buys hotel for student housing
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A rural Alaska school district has purchased a former hotel to allow students to take classes in the state's largest city.
Man dead in snow machine crash
Akiachak, Alaska (KINY) A search located the body of Eric Phillip, 41, in a slough near the Kuskokwim River.