Chugiak Lawmaker Proposes Legislature Move

first_imgThe Alaska state capitol building in downtown Juneau. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Update | 4:05 p.m. Jan. 8, 2015Sen. Dennis Egan, a Juneau Democrat, says he thinks the bill “is a crock.”“I’m really dismayed that he’s pitting one section of Alaska against another,” Egan says.Through a spokeswoman, Gov. Bill Walker said he typically doesn’t commit on how he’ll deal with legislation before receiving it. But, he added, he doesn’t favor moving the capital.Download AudioOriginal post | 7:27 p.m. Jan. 7, 2015Sen.-elect Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, plans to introduce a bill to move the Alaska Legislature to Anchorage. Stoltze isn’t proposing a full-on capital move. Instead, KTUU reports that the bulk of state government would remain in Juneau and legislative sessions would be held at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.“I have always been a vocal advocate for relocation,” Stoltze told KTUU.This is the second time Stoltze has advocated for such a move. In 2008 he supported a similar bill introduced by Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake.Many attempts and discussions to move the capital have taken place since the days of Alaska’s first constitutional convention. According to a brief history compiled by The Alaska Committee, the last attempt to swing the legislature away from Juneau happened in 2002. Voters defeated a ballot measure that required the legislature to meet in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.Stoltze’s bill will be introduced as the state grapples to deal with a $3.5 billion budget shortfall and declining oil prices.last_img read more