- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Senate has sought to delay a joint legislative session to consider confirmation of Gov. Bill Walker’s picks for boards, commissions and key state agency posts.

Senate Majority Leader Peter Micciche (mih-CHIK’-ee) says the delay will allow lawmakers to focus on completing work on key legislation.

Voters approved a 90-day session limit, a threshold that will be reached Sunday. The constitution allows for sessions of up to 121 days.

Micciche says floor debate on confirmations have consumed entire days.

The House and Senate had been scheduled to consider appointments Thursday. Micciche says a vote on confirmations will be rescheduled.

State operating and infrastructure budgets and bills to address Alaska’s deficit remain unresolved.

Walker appointees up for confirmation include Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth and Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

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