- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on the death of Alaska state Rep. Max Gruenberg (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

Legislators, aides and others have paid tribute to the late state Rep. Max Gruenberg, who died Sunday.

The Anchorage Democrat was remembered as a stickler for details with a penchant for amending bills that he thought could be improved. He also was remembered for his kindness.

The remembrance was held Tuesday in the House speaker’s chambers. It was attended by legislators from both parties and from the House and Senate. Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott paid their respects, as did several former legislators.


11:01 a.m.

Democrats are accepting applications for a successor to state Rep. Max Gruenberg, who died Sunday.

In a release, the state Democratic party and House District 16 Democrats say the deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. Monday. Applicants must live in District 16, the Anchorage district that Gruenberg represented.

Interviews will be conducted on Feb. 24 and 25. Three nominees will be sent to Gov. Bill Walker.

Under the law, the governor is to appoint a qualified replacement within 30 days of a vacancy. The law states the appointee shall be a member of the same political party as the predecessor and in this case, would be subject to confirmation by a majority of House Democrats.

The person appointed would fill the remainder of Gruenberg’s term, which ends in January.

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