ANCHORAGE (KTUU) -
(App users, to view the interactive data visualization, follow this link).
Data is sourced from the Alaska Legislative Reference Library. Information is compiled from the 30th Session all the way back to the 18th Session.
Because this information is in reference to the 85th day of the second session, all bills passed after that point are not included in the graphic.
Check out the first tab of the interactive data visualization, above, to:
• View the number of bills introduced and passed by the Alaska Legislature's Chambers.
Check out the second tab of the interactive data visualization, above, to:
• View the number of resolutions introduced and passed by the Alaska Legislature's Chambers.
So far this year – as of the 85th day of the second session – the Alaska Legislature passed a total of 38 bills, both from the House and the Senate. That's the lowest number of bills passed by both chambers on record.
The House alone passed 97 bills; whereas, the senate alone has passed 8 total bills.
Looking back across years, notice that more bills – both introduced and passed – go through the House, rather than the Senate. That's in part because the House has more members than the Senate.
Additionally, leaders of both the House and the Senate explain the lower productivity by saying there's a lot less money to spend on new bills. They also say that since last year, the house has been led by Democrats and the Senate led by republicans. This results in an ideological split that didn't exist when the House was controlled by Republicans.
Explore the data visualization for yourself, in order to compare over a decade's worth of bills and resolutions passed by each session's 85th day.
KTUU's Richard Mauer contributed to this report.