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Resolution passes allowing recess while committees meet

The Alaska Legislature passed a resolution Thursday authorizing a recess in floor sessions until May 12 while the House and Senate Finance committees continue to meet. The votes came on the third day of a special session called by Gov. Bill Walker and a day after Walker told legislators to stay in Juneau and keep working on the budget. It also came amid a stalemate in budget talks. Supporters saw the resolution as providing a bit of breathing space and allowing lawmakers to return to their districts to hear directly from their constituents. They cited issues, too, with the noise and possible dangers associated with renovation work set to begin on the Capitol. Critics said legislators...

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