Divided: 2 special sessions and the protests that followed

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The beginning of the Alaska Legislature's second special session was underscored by the deep divide among lawmakers who not only can’t come to terms on the size of the Permanent Fund dividend, but couldn’t agree on where to meet.

Senate and House leaders believe dropping the gavel in Juneau has set in motion efforts to determine a Permanent Fund dividend and address Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s $444 million budget vetoes with an override vote.

But 21 of 60 lawmakers showed up at Wasilla Middle School, where Dunleavy said in a June 13 proclamation the session should be held. 

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