House sends state budget back to committee

    House Speaker Louise Stutes informing the House that HB69 will go to the Rules Committee (Photo Credit: Gavel Alaska.)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska State House decided Sunday to move work on the state's budget to the House Rules Committee, House Speaker Louise Stutues said it was to facilitate a better working relationship with the House Minority and allow more time for conversation.

    House Bill 69 will be going to the Rules Committee as amended.

    When the House adjourned Saturday, the budget bill that was in Second Reading at that time had been automatically moved into Third Reading following Sunday's session.

    The amendments that were not taken up Saturday had been effectively dropped, a vote was taken Sunday to revert the bill back to second reading to allow for amendments but failed in a tie 20-20 vote.

    In response to the amendments being dropped, House Minority Members expressed frustration over the process and their membership not being heard on the budget.

    House Minority Leader Cathy Tilton said she could not recall a time during her service where such a large group of amendments were not heard.

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