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Session Day 93
JUNEAU, AK- Around eight o'clock Wednesdays, the conference committee of both House and Senate members adjourned until 10:00a.m. tomorrow morning.
A bill will be drafted overnight and available to members for review before taking it back to their respective floors.
Representative Sam Kito III says most of the delays Wednesday were due to opposing positions on the BSA.
Right now the House has set aside 75 million dollars for their education budget and the Senate has set aside125 million.
Lawmakers from both sides are aiming to hit a number in between the two budgets, decide which programs will be included and figure out how to divide up funding with respect to the BSA or single appropriation.
"Our goal in the Minority Caucus would be to put as much money as possible into the BSA and then the four hundred dollars in the BSA this year would stave off any what we believe would result in any significant cuts that would result in teacher loss in schools," says Representative Kito.
Representative Kito says lawmakers don't have to put all the money in one place but can divvy up school funding by allocating some money to the BSA and some to one time funding.