(Alaska House) Legislature Completes Special Session in Anchorage
Campbell Confirmed as Lt. Gov., Overrides $28 Million Veto of Stimulus Funds
(Anchorage) - The Alaska State Legislature completed a one-day special session in Anchorage Aug. 10, confirming Craig Campbell as Lieutenant Governor and overriding a veto of more than $28 million in federal economic stimulus funds for energy efficiency and cost relief.
I think he (Lt. Gov. Campbell) has the ability and know-how to get the job done and we look forward to watching him serve out the remainder of the term and working with him in whatever capacity we can.
~ Rep. Mike Chenault
Campbell was confirmed by a vote of 55 to 4 with one excused absence in the House. Confirmation of Campbell's appointment was necessary after Dept. of Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt withdrew his name from the previously-confirmed line of succession following Governor Sean Parnell's swearing-in July 26.
"Not surprisingly Campbell was confirmed as Lieutenant Governor today. There weren't any significant questions of his character coming in, and he made it through the process," House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, said. "I think he has the ability and know-how to get the job done and we look forward to watching him serve out the remainder of the term and working with him in whatever capacity we can."
I'm really proud of the Alaska Legislature for looking at the facts on this issue.
~ Rep. Mike Hawker
The Legislature voted to override the stimulus funds 45 to 14 with one excused. The override will allow Alaska to accept more than $28 million in federal stimulus funds previously vetoed in May. The Legislature debated the funding extensively throughout the recently-completed regular session, and throughout the interim, and the U.S. Dept. of Energy advised legislators that the stimulus funds would not force the state to adopt more stringent building codes or carry other federal mandates.
"I know this has been a very hotly-debated issue, and I really think at the end of the day that the decision was made on the merits and not on the emotions of the issue," House Finance Committee Co-Chair Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, said. "I'm really proud of the Alaska Legislature for looking at the facts on this issue."
The special session took place at the William A. Egan Civic and Convention Center Aug. 10.
August 10, 2009