When asked why he chose Juneau last week, the Governor said, “Yes, it would be more convenient to have the special session in Anchorage. That's not where the capitol is… If the legislature would like to convene and move it to Anchorage, I won't oppose that.”
Rep. Chris Birch (R-Anchorage) sent a letter to Walker asking him to consider amending his special session proclamation. Birch says holding hearings in Anchorage would not only save the state money but also cut costs for members of the public who want to participate.
“From my experience in local government, there's nothing that can really replace the face-to-face discussion and dialogue that happens in the public testimony and hearings," said Birch. "We're not talking about moving the capital, we're talking about a cost-savings and permitting the public direct access to their legislature as they consider the important issues of anti-crime legislation and the governor's proposed income tax."