September 24, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Egan: Juneau is ready, as always
Senator praises governor’s decision to hold session in Alaska’s capital
JUNEAU – The late-October special session called by Gov. Bill Walker will take place in Juneau, and that’s right where Sen. Dennis Egan (D-Juneau) says it should be. Egan said Juneau is, as always, more than ready to play its constitutional role.
Egan said the Senate chamber is available already, and by the time the special session begins, construction will be winding down. “Both chambers will be available then, so both bodies will be able to meet at the same time,” Egan said. Even during the height of construction the Capitol was a better venue for meetings, hearings, and sessions than the Anchorage LIO building, with more offices and multiple committee rooms wired for video and sound. “And the capital city has plenty of lodging and facilities to make legislators and staff feel at home, as always,” added Egan.
Sessions held in Juneau have the advantage of consistent coverage by Gavel to Gavel, ensuring all Alaskans have access on TV and the Internet. And the Capitol building is significantly better-equipped than any other building in the state to facilitate the Legislature.
“By the time legislators arrive, the last cruise ship will have pulled out, so are no more excuses,” Egan said. “Juneau is Alaska’s capital city, and I thank the governor for realizing how important that is. The welcome mat is out, the mics are hot, and Juneau is open for the public’s business.”
The special session is slated to begin Oct. 24.
For more information contact Sen. Egan’s office at (907) 465-4947.