- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Some members of the House Democratic minority say they support returning to a longer legislative session.

But Anchorage Rep. Max Gruenberg says he doesn’t think there’s interest among the Legislature’s leadership to do so.

Voters in 2006 approved changing the maximum length of a regular session from 121 days to 90 days. The 90-day session took effect for the 2008 session. Since then, there has been periodic talk about, or bills introduced to, return to longer sessions.

Minority members have raised concerns with the pace with which some bills are moving and opportunities for public comment.

Republican Senate President Charlie Huggins says he supports the idea of 90-day sessions in even-numbered years and budget sessions in odd-numbered years that would run as long as necessary to delve into state budgets.

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