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Governor Calls Special Session in Wasilla to Complete Work on Permanent Fund Dividend

Jun 20, 2019 | Monitor

Governor Michael J. Dunleavy delivers remarks to the Legislative Bicameral Permanent Fund Working Group.

Office of Governor Dunleavy

PRUDHOE BAY—Following legislative gridlock on the Permanent Fund Dividend throughout a 121-day regular session and month-long special session, Governor Michael Dunleavy called the Alaska Legislature into special session to continue discussions about the 2019 PFD. The special session proclamation calls lawmakers into session in Wasilla beginning July 8, 2019.

“While the legislature has avoided a no budget scenario, their work is not finished until they provide Alaskans with a full PFD outlined by statute. Today I am calling a second special session in Wasilla so lawmakers can complete their work and follow the law,” said Governor Dunleavy. “At this point, a change in venue is necessary to refocus the conversation and remind lawmakers about the people and their PFD. Once the issue of the PFD is solved, these other budgetary issues will fall into place quickly.”

A copy of the proclamation can be found here.

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