With a busy three weeks remaining in the 28th Alaska Legislature, lawmakers missed out on nearly a whole week of sunshine, a rarity in Juneau. Legislators spent much of their held up in long sessions or committee meetings, mainly dealing with oil taxes and natural gas legislation
On Wednesday, Governor Sean Parnell's oil tax bill cleared the Senate and was already being heard by the House Resources Committee.
"I think they can get it done," Parnell told Channel 2 Thursday. "I'm confident they can get our major pieces of legislation through as well as theirs, as well as get out of here on time - I think the public expects that, I think it's possible for this legislature to do it."
Parnell also said it's too early to speculate whether he'll call a special session if work on the oil bill isn't completed by the end of the session on April 14th.
"I don't think a decision like this should be rushed," said Minority Leader Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Sitka. "With three weeks left there's enough time to do the work that Alaskans want and need us to do."
Oil taxes remains the major talker, but there are other bills on the docket.
House Bill 1 was pre-filed by Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, and it's still before the Judiciary Committee.
The legislation allows the DMV to issue drivers licenses for less than five years; it's geared to prevent people with expiring visas from applying for a driver's license.
"We're doing a lot of good work in committee, that's where a lot of the heavy lifting is done," said Rep. Lynn, R-Anchorage. "The work is done in the various committees any bill is assigned to, and we have been working very judiciously on my bills and everyone else's bills to make sure we get most of the budget worked out before it every makes it to the house floor."
Even if some of these bills don't make it out of committee, they will be there waiting for legislators when they return next January for the second year of the session.
As Alaskans anxiously await springs arrival, it may be several weeks before lawmakers get a chance to enjoy it outside the confines of the capitol.
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