Senator Mike Shower (R – Wasilla) has decided not to join the Alaska Senate Majority caucus. He posted this on his official Facebook page earlier today:
His office provided no further comment. The Alaska Senate Majority also provided no comment on Shower not joining their caucus.
Last week, Senator Bill Wielechowski (D – Anchorage) made a rare procedural move on the senate floor. He motioned for his bill, enshrining the permanent fund dividend in the constitution, to be discharged from the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee has not held a hearing on the bill in a year. Shower voted with the majority against discharging the bill. Caucus rules require members to vote with the presiding officer on procedural votes, which that was. Many of his constituents and PFD defenders were upset with his vote. This likely factored into his decision to not join the caucus.