Alaska Senate again fails to pass a $3,000 PFD bill

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Alaska Senate has again failed to pass legislation that would have delivered a full $3,000 Permanent Fund dividend in 2019 to eligible Alaskans.

Senate Bill 1002. was introduced last Monday and narrowly failed to pass the Senate Tuesday morning on a 10-8 vote with two members absent.

Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, unsuccessfully introduced a motion to rescind the earlier Senate vote and allow senators to vote again on the legislation. The vote failed 10-10, meaning the PFD will need to be passed through a different bill.

The debate over the 2019 PFD has been dividing the Legislature throughout the regular legislative session and now, during the ongoing special session.

House Bill 1005 was introduced in the Alaska House of Representatives in late May, the bill would deliver a full statutory dividend in 2019 with the proviso that the statute that calculates the size of the dividend would then change.

Estimates are that the changed formula would roughly halve the size of the PFD received by Alaskans. HB 1005 is currently before the House Finance Committee.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy held a rally in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley Thursday evening reiterating his support for a full statutory dividend.

Dunleavy has said he will use any tool at his disposal to deliver a full PFD.

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