Alaska lawmakers likely won’t vote on pay before election

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Alaska lawmakers are considering a proposal to reduce their per-diem expense payments, but they are not likely to vote on the proposal before the Nov. 6 general election.

On Friday morning, the Legislative Council — a joint House-Senate body that makes decisions for lawmakers while the Legislature is out of session — declined to vote upon a plan that would reduce per diem from the $302 per-day federal rate.

While the council has a meeting scheduled in October, that is expected to deal with only a single matter and not include the per-diem discussion, which will wait until November, said Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks and chairman of the Legislative Council.

Alaska lawmakers likely won’t vote on pay before election
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