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Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011 1:30 pm | Updated: 12:47 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

JUNEAU, Alaska - A House negotiator expects the special legislative session to extend into next week, at least.

An impasse between the House and Senate over state spending plans led to the special session, which began Monday. Rep. Bill Thomas says people want to get home Friday for the Easter holiday but he says the House wants enough time to vet and hold hearings on the capital budget.

Since it has yet to receive a bill, he expects session to extend into next week, at least.

The bill is in the Senate Finance Committee and the subject of talks that involve the governor. Thomas wants to wait to finalize the operating budget and put it out for a vote until the Senate sends over the capital budget.

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