| February 12, 2016
HCR 23 and the 24 Hour Rule
I hope this finds you well. I have a couple quick updates for you on happenings in the legislature over the last week. As always, please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.
House Concurrent Resolution 23
Earlier this week, the House passed House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 23, changing the rules which govern the Legislature. Bills not related to the budget will not be heard until the House passes the Operating Budget, likely in early March. As a result, most of our committee meetings are cancelled until we pass a budget. The only bills that will be considered are bills that save money, and bills that raise revenue. In the spirit of cooperation, I am cautiously optimistic about HCR 23. While the legislature does not yet agree on the details of how to address the deficit, there is consensus that the challenge ahead requires vision, courage, and commitment to a strong Alaska.
24 Hour Rule
Part of HCR 23 was a temporary suspension of some of the notification requirements for committee hearings and action. This would allow the legislature to move more quickly on the budget. This is referred to as the 24 hour rule because it sets a minimum of 24 hours for public notice rather than the standard five day noticing. This usually doesn’t happen until the end of session. I am concerned that this could make it hard for our constituents to follow the process, and I will do my best to keep you informed of what is happening. You can also follow which bills are moving by following BASIS and the legislature’s website.
Shout outs/heads up
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