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House Majority E-News for May 5, 2011 ANS Crude: $112.05 Henry Hub: $4.51

Day 18 Special Session Status Update (Juneau) - With the first special session this year more than half over and no compromise on the capital budget, the Alaska House Majority Caucus will issue daily status reports from Juneau. On Day 18 of the special session, Thursday, May 5, the House stood ready to accept legislation from the Senate but none was forthcoming.

The day's business included:

1) The House Finance Committee had a meeting scheduled, but canceled it with no new work forthcoming from the Senate.

2) The Senate Finance Committee hearing on "bills previously heard" - including the three outstanding items on the governor's special session proclamation - was scheduled for 9:00 a.m. but never convened. Although the committee holds the bills still in play, it has met only three times during the 18 days of the special session. The committee has, however, scheduled 9:00 a.m. hearings, and then waited until late in the day to cancel without hearing bills 13 times during the special session.

3) The Senate and House both held brief floor sessions. The conference committee report on the operating budget, which closed out yesterday, was read across and held under unfinished business. Floor votes on the operating budget conference report are expected on Friday.

4) House Majority leadership met with Governor Sean Parnell Thursday afternoon to discuss outstanding special session issues, including the capital budget.

The full text of this release can be found below: http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110505-212

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