Alaska Legislature

Alaska Legislature
Type Bicameral
Houses Senate
House of Representatives
Term limits None
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
Seats 60
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
Meeting place
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.


[edit] Meetings

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.[1]

[edit] 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.[2]

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