Alaska Governor Bill Walker has called a Special Session

Alaska Governor Bill Walker has called a special session of the state legislature after lawmakers were only able to pass a temporary budget that will last until the fall. While the Democrats are minorities in both legislative chambers, they have been able to slow up the process because the Republican proposal would require a withdrawal from the constitutional budget reserve, a rainy day fund that requires a three-quarters vote in each chamber to access. Democrats are hoping to use this leverage to force concessions on Republican-supported education funding cuts. In addition to the budget, the legislature is expected to debate Medicaid expansion and a bill known as “Erin’s Law” that would establish sexual abuse prevention programs in schools .