Juneau, Alaska (KINY) After over four days of debates and some 40 amendments, the Alaska House voted 32-8 early today to send the Senate Bill 54 back where it came from, the Senate.
Lawmakers had until 5 pm Monday to add amendments to the bill and add they did as over 24 of them were debated Monday alone.
One amendment that did pass was to add new community service requirements for those persons convicted of vandalism.
The Senate approved the original version 19-1 during the regular session in April. It is likely a conference committee will have to meet to reach agreement on the changes in the legislation.
Governor Bill Walker issued the following statement this morning after the Alaska House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 54:
“I thank the House for moving to respond to Alaskans’ concerns about public safety by passing Senate Bill 54. SB 54 – combined with a complete fiscal plan and new revenues to support prosecutors and police – is a meaningful and critical next step towards building a Safer Alaska. I look forward to seeing the Senate concur, and to signing the bill when it reaches my desk.” –Governor Bill Walker