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The Latest: Showdown brewing over Alaska special session

July 5, 2019

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska Legislature’s upcoming special session (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

The majority leader of the Alaska Senate says she’ll be in Wasilla for the start of Monday’s special session, bucking other members of leadership who plan to meet in Juneau.

Sen. Mia Costello, in an opinion piece published by the Anchorage Daily News, says the governor can specify when and where a special session will take place and has done so.

Costello did not immediately respond to an interview request.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy called lawmakers into a special session, starting Monday, in Wasilla. Senate President Cathy Giessel and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon have said lawmakers plan to meet in Juneau.

Dunleavy spokesman Matt Shuckerow says Dunleavy hopes lawmakers will be in Wasilla. It remains unclear what will happen if they do not show up.

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11:35 a.m.

Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel says there’s “no question” lawmakers will meet in Juneau for Monday’s start of the next special session.

The location is at odds with the one Gov. Mike Dunleavy picked. He called on lawmakers to meet in Wasilla and recommended they do so at a middle school.

The executive director of the Legislative Affairs Agency says the agency has made no preparations in Wasilla and followed the direction of legislative leadership. Giessel and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon previously announced plans for lawmakers to meet in Juneau and hold committee hearings in Anchorage.

Dunleavy wants lawmakers to finalize this year’s payout to residents from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund. But Giessel says she’s hoping to reach an agreement that would allow lawmakers to also finish its other remaining work.

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