Special session officially over, legislative attorney says

Associated PressMay 2, 2012 

JUNEAU -- The Alaska Legislature's top attorney says the special session is, indeed, over.

Senate President Gary Stevens had asked Doug Gardner if the Senate needed to adjourn again. The Senate had adjourned last Thursday, but under the state constitution, it could not stay out longer than three days without the concurrence of the House.

The Senate gaveled in Monday, to meet the constitutional requirement, with Sen. Dennis Egan moving that the Senate adjourn until Friday to await word on whether the House, too, would adjourn. Later in the day Monday, the House did adjourn.

Gardner, in a legal memo, says there's no need for the Senate to take any further action because the special session is over.

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