Sen. Giessel expects Monday votes on dividend, budget

Senate President Cathy Giessel.

Juneau, Alaska (AP) - Senate President Cathy Giessel says she expects a vote Monday in the Alaska Senate on the dividend paid to residents from the state's oil-wealth fund.

The Senate on Tuesday narrowly voted down a full Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, which would equate to checks to qualified residents of around $3,000 this year.

The measure failed by one vote, with one prominent supporter, Sen. Mike Shower, absent.

Shower has cited work obligations for his absence but attendance by others also has been spotty since then.

Giessel says a vote on whether to rescind the Senate's action on the bill will take place Monday, along with a planned vote on the state operating budget. She says she's not sure how the vote on the dividend bill will turn out.

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