House debates extension of disaster declaration

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska House debated HB 76, which would extend the governor's disaster declaration that expired in February. The bill is being held until the next time they meet at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

    Several amendments were up for consideration, but only one was successfully passed. It would prohibit federal COVID relief funds from being spent on non-medically necessary abortions.

    "We anticipate receiving money under the American Rescue Plan, the CRSSA, and the CARES Act," said Representative DeLena Johnson, who proposed the amendment. "This amendment would keep that money from being spent on non-medically necessary abortions."

    Rep. Ivy Sponholz responded to Rep. Johnson's amendment by saying the move was "completely unnecessary," since there is "absolutely" no funding for abortions in any of the three acts that Rep. Johnson mentioned.

    The amendment passed 21 to 18 and the bill is being held until the next day. The House is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 26.

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