Rep. Wilson leaves House Majority caucus

    Rep. Tammie Wilson.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The majority coalition that controls the Alaska House of Representatives has lost a member.

    Rep. Tammie Wilson on Thursday departed the majority that organized under Speaker Bryce Edgmon, an independent from Dillingham, which contains both Democrats and Republicans.

    Wilson is a North Pole Republican.

    She was one of 16 state representatives who on Monday met in Wasilla, where Gov. Mike Dunleavy ordered the special session to be held.

    Most lawmakers gathered in Juneau. On Wednesday, Wilson joined colleagues in Juneau and was the only vote in favor of sustaining Dunleavy's line-item budget cuts, which include a 41 percent reduction of state funding to the University of Alaska.

    House Majority spokesman Austin Baird says Wilson left voluntarily and remaining majority members look forward to continuing work with Wilson and all other legislators.

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