Alaska House ends session without addressing Walker's bills

    The session won't officially be over until the Senate consents.

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House on Friday ended the special session without a plan sought by Gov. Bill Walker to address the state's multibillion-dollar deficit.

    Adjournment came days into the session, without a single bill hearing held by the gridlocked House. Speaker Mike Chenault had said he asked the House Finance Committee to consider hearing Walker's proposed sales tax to at least get it on the table. The sales tax was among the tax measures Walker asked lawmakers to consider and the only one not previously considered. The others failed to gain traction.

    The session won't officially be over until the Senate consents. Senate President Kevin Meyer said the Senate probably would also adjourn.

    Some lawmakers had expressed skepticism about what might be accomplished during the session, called on the heels of another special session and weeks before the primary election.

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