Gov. Dunleavy pushes back against Juneau special session call

Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Governor Mike Dunleavy is speaking out about the legislature’s move on Monday to hold the second special session in Juneau, rather than Wasilla.

The governor says there is no legal basis for the action.

“Our focus has been on bringing the people and legislature together on the PFD. But instead of convening in Wasilla, legislative leadership is attempting to retreat back to Juneau. This move to negate the special session in Wasilla has no legal basis. A governor is clearly empowered to call a special session in a location of their choosing,” said Gov. Dunleavy.

“The Senate President and Speaker of the House admit they lack the votes to change the venue or call a special session of their own, yet they are committed to thwarting the law and the voice of the Alaskan people. This is all part of why Alaskans have lost trust in their lawmakers. How can we with a straight face expect people to follow the law when the legislative leadership ignores, breaks, and skirts the law at every turn?”

The second special session will begin in Juneau on July 8 at 1 p.m.

 

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