- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on legislative proposals to work on the Alaska state budget (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

The Alaska House has passed a resolution that would limit committee meetings to bills related to addressing the state’s budget deficit.

The limitation would last until the House passes an operating budget over to the Senate. That generally happens in early March.

It also calls 24-hour meeting notices - something that several Democrats said they had concerns with.

The resolution passed 38-1, with Democratic Rep. Andy Josephson voting against it.


10:01 a.m.

Minority Democrats want Alaska lawmakers to work together outside the confines of the traditional party caucuses in looking for budget solutions this legislative session.

The minority leaders made the pitch in a letter to the House speaker and Senate president. They say they took inspiration from the work done in crafting the state constitution, when Alaskans with different beliefs and from different walks of life worked together.

Of the Senate’s 20 members, five belong to the minority. Of the 40 members in the House, 13 belong to the Democratic-led minority, including one independent.

The House minority has gained greater prominence since the state has begun using the constitutional budget reserve to help balance the budget. A three-fourths vote of each the House and Senate generally is needed to access it.

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