Prospect of special session looms for Alaska lawmakers

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The prospect of a special session loomed as Alaska lawmakers hit their fourth month in regular session without agreement on a plan for pulling the state out of a massive budget deficit.

Posted Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 1:32pm by Lance David

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The prospect of a special session loomed as Alaska lawmakers hit their fourth month in regular session without agreement on a plan for pulling the state out of a massive budget deficit.

Lawmakers worked past the voter-approved 90-day session limit in April after failing to come to terms on changes to Alaska's oil and gas tax credit system. The state constitution allows for 121-day regular sessions, a mark lawmakers will reach Wednesday.

They have the option of extending 10 more days but need a two-thirds vote on each side to do so.

Gov. Bill Walker has said he wants a complete fiscal plan passed this year. He also could call them into a special session to complete any outstanding work, which some legislative leaders expect.

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