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Alaska: Regular Session Ends without Budget; Special Session Called
May 18, 2017

Lawmakers ended the 2017 regular session late Wednesday without an agreement on a new state budget, prompting Governor Bill Walker (I) to call the legislature into special session beginning today, to close a $2.5 billion deficit and finalize a spending plan. Both chambers have a deficit-reduction plan passed on their own which, according to the governor and legislative leaders, are fairly close in scope.

As the regular session ended, legislators approved a measure to ban wolf hunting in certain areas, enhance workforce training, and limit workloads for social workers. Lawmakers also approved a lessening of requirements for manicurists.

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