House of Representatives
|New session started||January 18, 2011|
|President of the Senate||R-Coalition)
since January 20, 2009
|Speaker of the House||R)
since January 20, 2009
|Political groups||Republican Party (34)
Democratic Party (26)
|Authority||Article 2, Alaska Constitution|
|Salary||$50,400/year + per diem|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 6, 2012|
|Redistricting||Alaska Redistricting Board|
|Alaska State Capitol
|Alaska State Legislature|
The Alaska Legislature is the Nebraska Legislature is smaller). There are no term limits for either chamber.
The Alaska Legislature meets in the Juneau.
Annual sessions begin in January and are limited by statute to 90 calendar days. Special sessions of 30 calendar days may be convened by a consensus of two-thirds of each house.
In the 2006 elections, a voter initiative was passed that reduced the statutory length of the session from 121 days. The 2008 session was the first 90 day session. Although the session adjourned on time, some members of the legislature claimed that legislation was rushed and public input was jeopardized.
 Non-professional legislature
Unlike other state legislatures with longer sessions, the comparatively short Alaska Legislature session allows many lawmakers to retain outside employment, especially in the state’s many seasonal industries, such as fishing and tourism. In this, the Alaska Legislature retains some of the volunteer nature that characterized most state legislatures until the middle of the 20th century. This has led to recurring but minor controversy around the potential for conflict of interest inherent in legislators’ outside employment.
 See also
- Alaska Legislature at Ballotpedia
- Alaska political corruption probe
- Alaska State Capitol
- List of Alaska State Legislatures
- Statewide Suicide Prevention Council
- “Legislature adjourns on time”. Anchorage Daily News. April 13, 2008. Archived from the original on September 20 2008. http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/374722.html. Retrieved September 5, 2008.
- “Alaska editorial: Let a commission help decide legislator’s pay”. Juneau Empire. January 13, 2006. http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:ULzEwaHp2dwJ:www.juneauempire.com/stories/011306/opi_20060113001.shtml+alaska+legislator+%22outside+employment%22&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=1. Retrieved August 23, 2006.
- Alaska Legislature
- Senate Bipartisan Working Group Bipartisan leadership organization
- Republican Senate Caucus
- House Majority Organization Bipartisan leadership organization
- House Democratic Legislators
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