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Alaska state House Rules Chairman Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, addresses reporters during the House Majority weekly news conference on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
State Sens. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, left, and Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, share a laugh before a state Senate floor session on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
State Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, takes notes during a House of Representatives committee hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
New House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, left, and House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, are shown during a state House of Representatives committee hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
State Senators Peter Micciche, R-Kenai, left, Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, middle, and Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, confer before a state Senate floor session on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
Senate Minority Leader Hollis French, D-Anchorage, left, and Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-North Pole, right, confer with Senate President Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, during a state Senate floor session on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
Alaska state House Finance Committee co-chair Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, left, and House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, right, are shown, during the House Majority weekly news conference on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
Alaska state House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, addresses reporters during the House Majority weekly news conference on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
Alaska state House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, left, and House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, right, are shown at the House Majority weekly news conference on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
Alaska state House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, left, shares a laugh with House Rules Chairman Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, during the House Majority weekly news conference on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell delivers his State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at the state Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. Seated behind him are Senate President Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, left, and House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski. Parnell used the address to lay out plans to change Alaska's education system, including improving access to charter schools and boosting public school funding.
Mark Thiessen
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell, right, is led into the House chamber for his State of the State speech by Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, left, and Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska. Parnell used the address to lay out plans to change Alaska's education system, including improving access to charter schools and boosting public school funding.
Mark Thiessen
Rep. Beth Kerttula announces her decision to quit the Legislature in the House chamber Tuesday. Seated at her right is Rep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, who will replace Kerttula as leader of the Democratic minority.
Richard Mauer
Rep. Beth Kerttula, the Democratic leader of the House, gets a farewell hug from Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, while Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, awaits his turn.
Richard Mauer
Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, right, laughs with Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska. Kerttula announced Tuesday she will resign Friday from the Alaska House of Representatives to take a post with Stanford University.
Mark Thiessen
Sen. Johnny Ellis announces on the Senate floor Wednesday, January 22, 2014, that he was treated for prostate cancer. He says he is walking slower, but is in remission and hopes he is "cured."
Richard Mauer
New Alaska House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, and new new minority whip Max Gruenberg, both D-Anchorage, confer with outgoing minority leader Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, who announced, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, that she is resigning from the Alaska House of Representatives to take a post with Stanford University.
Mark Thiessen
Democratic state Reps. Harriett Drummond, left, Les Gara, middle, and Max Gruenberg, all of Anchorage, speak in the hallway during a recess of the opening session of the Alaska House of Representatives in Juneau, Alaska, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
Mark Thiessen
House Speaker Mike Chenault laughs during a news conference following the opening session of the Alaska House of Representatives, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
State Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, checks his cell phone in the foyer Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, during a break from the opening session of the Alaska House of Representatives in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
House Maj. Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, surveys the chamber during a recess of the opening session of the Alaska House of Representatives in Juneau, Alaska, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
Mark Thiessen
State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, listens as bills are introduced, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, during the opening session of the Alaska House of Representatives in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
State Rep. Benjamin Nageak, D-Barrow, left, takes the media to task on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, after he said some reporters claimed shareholders of the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. would experience drug and alcohol problems after a $10,000 dividend was paid out in December, something Nageak said during the opening session of the Alaska House of Representatives in Juneau, Alaska, didn't come to fruition.
Mark Thiessen
House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, left, talks with a staff member during a recess on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, during the first day in session of the Alaska House of Representatives in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
Alaska state House Rules Chairman Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, addresses reporters during the House Majority weekly news conference on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
State Sens. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, left, and Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, share a laugh before a state Senate floor session on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
State Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, takes notes during a House of Representatives committee hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
New House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, left, and House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, are shown during a state House of Representatives committee hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
State Senators Peter Micciche, R-Kenai, left, Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, middle, and Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, confer before a state Senate floor session on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
Senate Minority Leader Hollis French, D-Anchorage, left, and Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-North Pole, right, confer with Senate President Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, during a state Senate floor session on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
Alaska state House Finance Committee co-chair Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, left, and House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, right, are shown, during the House Majority weekly news conference on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
Alaska state House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, addresses reporters during the House Majority weekly news conference on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
Alaska state House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, left, and House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, right, are shown at the House Majority weekly news conference on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
Alaska state House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, left, shares a laugh with House Rules Chairman Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, during the House Majority weekly news conference on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell delivers his State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at the state Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. Seated behind him are Senate President Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, left, and House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski. Parnell used the address to lay out plans to change Alaska's education system, including improving access to charter schools and boosting public school funding.
Mark Thiessen
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell, right, is led into the House chamber for his State of the State speech by Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, left, and Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska. Parnell used the address to lay out plans to change Alaska's education system, including improving access to charter schools and boosting public school funding.
Mark Thiessen
Rep. Beth Kerttula announces her decision to quit the Legislature in the House chamber Tuesday. Seated at her right is Rep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, who will replace Kerttula as leader of the Democratic minority.
Richard Mauer
Rep. Beth Kerttula, the Democratic leader of the House, gets a farewell hug from Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, while Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, awaits his turn.
Richard Mauer
Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, right, laughs with Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska. Kerttula announced Tuesday she will resign Friday from the Alaska House of Representatives to take a post with Stanford University.
Mark Thiessen
Sen. Johnny Ellis announces on the Senate floor Wednesday, January 22, 2014, that he was treated for prostate cancer. He says he is walking slower, but is in remission and hopes he is "cured."
Richard Mauer
New Alaska House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, and new new minority whip Max Gruenberg, both D-Anchorage, confer with outgoing minority leader Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, who announced, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, that she is resigning from the Alaska House of Representatives to take a post with Stanford University.
Mark Thiessen
Democratic state Reps. Harriett Drummond, left, Les Gara, middle, and Max Gruenberg, all of Anchorage, speak in the hallway during a recess of the opening session of the Alaska House of Representatives in Juneau, Alaska, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
Mark Thiessen
House Speaker Mike Chenault laughs during a news conference following the opening session of the Alaska House of Representatives, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
State Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, checks his cell phone in the foyer Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, during a break from the opening session of the Alaska House of Representatives in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
House Maj. Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, surveys the chamber during a recess of the opening session of the Alaska House of Representatives in Juneau, Alaska, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
Mark Thiessen
State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, listens as bills are introduced, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, during the opening session of the Alaska House of Representatives in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
State Rep. Benjamin Nageak, D-Barrow, left, takes the media to task on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, after he said some reporters claimed shareholders of the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. would experience drug and alcohol problems after a $10,000 dividend was paid out in December, something Nageak said during the opening session of the Alaska House of Representatives in Juneau, Alaska, didn't come to fruition.
Mark Thiessen
House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, left, talks with a staff member during a recess on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, during the first day in session of the Alaska House of Representatives in Juneau, Alaska.
Mark Thiessen
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