Alaska House adjourns special session

The House voted to end the special session Saturday night after its Finance Committee failed to move a bill that would provide limited Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks as a means to help counter the $4 billion dollar budget deficit.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House of Representatives has adjourned the special session.

The House voted to end the special session Saturday night after its Finance Committee failed to move a bill that would provide limited Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks as a means to help counter the $4 billion dollar budget deficit.

The state Senate had earlier passed its own version of the bill.

Gov. Bill Walker said in a statement that he was disappointed the bill never made it to the full House floor for a vote.

Walker didn't indicate in the statement whether he'd call lawmakers back in for another special session to address the budget shortfall.

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