Dunleavy: Special session this year increasingly less likely

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy says the odds of a special legislative session yet this year to address the check paid to residents from the state’s oil-wealth fund appear increasingly less likely.

In August, Dunleavy accepted the dividend passed by lawmakers, which amounted to $1,606, but said he viewed it as partial payment and anticipated a fall special session to address the issue.

Under state law, for a non-emergency special session during the interim, at least 30 days’ notice is required. That would push any special session now up against the holidays.

A Senate vacancy following the death of Republican Chris Birch in August was recently filled by Rep. Josh Revak after Senate Republicans rejected Dunleavy’s first choice of Rep. Laddie Shaw. Revak’s appointment created a House vacancy not yet filled.

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