FAIRBANKS — Alaskans can expect to hear about several pieces of proposed legislation today as the first of two batches of pre-filed bills gets released in advance of the next session of the Alaska Legislature.
The 28th Alaska Legislature convenes in its first session Jan. 15. State law states the session runs 90 days, though the Alaska Constitution allows up to 120 days.
Several legislators already have sent out news releases announcing their legislative plans, among them a proposal by an Anchorage senator to allow active-duty military members who have maintained residency while outside Alaska for more than 10 years to retain their eligibility for Alaska Permanent Fund dividends.
Fairbanks Democratic Reps. David Guttenberg and Scott Kawasaki are among seven Democrats who are primary sponsors of legislation to reduce the amount owed on student loans. Under their proposal, Alaska students would receive an annual reduction of 2.5 percent of the principal of their Alaska student loans annually if the student maintains Alaska residency.
Tuesday is the deadline for legislators and legislators-elect to prefile bills for the second batch, which will be released Friday.
The first regular legislative session begins Jan. 15 and is scheduled to run through April 14.