Legislature approves paying per diem for special session – retroactively

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And so, the Alaska Legislature has decided to pay itself retroactively for the time it has spent over the past 30 days in Juneau.

As it was explained by a Megan Wallace, director of Legal Services, Alaska Statute says that legislators are not entitled to per diem payments after the 121st day until the first day that the Legislature passes a fully funded operating budget.

“It does not prevent this body from taking action to provide retroactive payments. The language says it is not to be paid until after the budget is passed,” Wallace explained. Wiggle room, in other words.

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