Alaska House Speaker Vote Fails Amid Ongoing Talks

first_imgRepublican Rep. David Eastman sought to force a vote, which came three weeks into the session. Knopp said Monday he could support Talerico in the future. But he said the House needs to be organized in a way with “success potential” and suggested a vote on speaker until that happens is premature. In 1981, it took 22 days for a permanent speaker to be elected. However, that organization was tenuous and the speaker was later replaced. While the 40-member House has 23 Republicans, lawmakers don’t always organize along party lines. Without an organized majority, the House has been limited in what it can do. It has yet, for example, to set up formal committees or hold bill hearings. Eastman said that’s been a problem and urged his colleagues to elect a speaker. Democratic Rep. Geran Tarr characterized the nomination debate as a stunt. Three Republicans, Reps. Gary Knopp, Gabrielle LeDoux and Louise Stutes, voted no on Talerico’s nomination. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A vote for permanent speaker of the Alaska House failed Monday amid ongoing efforts to organize the chamber. LeDoux and Stutes were part of a largely Democratic coalition led by Edgmon that controlled the House the past two years. Knopp left the GOP caucus in December, worried it was too small to function well. He has pushed for the parties to work together. Democratic Rep. Chris Tuck said a group of four Republicans and four Democrats has been looking at power-sharing agreements. Talerico on Friday told reporters he extended invitations to lawmakers outside the current Republican caucus to join it to form a majority organization. He declined to go into specifics on any offers that were made. Tuesday is the 22nd day of this session. A vote for Republican Rep. Dave Talerico failed 20-20, after Democratic Rep. Bryce Edgmon, who also was nominated, declined to be considered for the time being. “And when these surprise incidents take place on the floor, when not previously discussed, it’s really breaking all of the trust that people are working so hard to build,” she said. “What we’re keying in on right now is how we can work together,” Tuck said Friday.last_img

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