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Legislators continue to plug along in Juneau as the calendar approaches May and their constitutional deadline to finish their work in the middle of that month.
Much of the activity in the past couple weeks has been on relatively minor bills and resolutions as House and Senate leaders quietly negotiate the state’s finances.
The Republican-led Senate on April 18 joined with the Democrat-led House in unanimously passing House Joint Resolution 21 by Fairbanks Democrat Rep. David Guttenburg urging the federal government to stay out of the state’s recreational marijuana business. A couple days later, on April 20, when levity would’ve suggested passing the marijuana resolution, legislators again unanimously passed a resolution aimed at the feds; this time asking for help in developing an Arctic deepwater port in Western Alaska.