House and Senate Discuss Coastal Management

Efforts to save Alaska's coastal management program remain alive


by Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Efforts to save Alaska's coastal
management program remain alive, with House and Senate leaders
planning to speak with members in the coming days and gauge support for another special session.
Senate President Gary Stevens said progress was made toward
saving the program during a leadership meeting in Anchorage. But he
said it would be premature to speculate on the likelihood of a
session. Stevens didn't provide specifics or indicate that any
tentative agreement had been reached in a press release Tuesday
The program will expire by July 1 unless the Legislature
intervenes. Gov. Sean Parnell's office has said he won't call
another special session for this issue.
The Legislature failed to reach compromise on the program during
the regular and special sessions. Efforts since then have also
fallen flat.

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