Slideshow | Legislative Week in Review 1

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Senate page Matt Simpson puts an extra shine on the Senate President name plate a day before the start of the second session of the 28th Alaska Legislature on Monday.
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Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks, delivers a vase of flowers to Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, during a break in the House Chambers on Tuesday. Kerttula resigned from her office to accept a position as Visiting Fellow at the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University starting February 3.
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Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, leaves her Capitol office for the House session on Tuesday where she was to resign from her office to accept a position as Visiting Fellow at the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University starting February 3.
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Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, center, receives a standing ovation from members of the House of Representatives in the House Chambers on Tuesday. Kerttula resigned from her office to accept a position as Visiting Fellow at the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University starting February 3.
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Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, smiles after receiving flowers in the House Chambers on Tuesday. Kerttula resigned from her office to accept a position as Visiting Fellow at the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University starting February 3.
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Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, reacts during a press conference with House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, at the Capitol on Tuesday. Kerttula resigned from her office to accept a position as Visiting Fellow at the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University starting February 3.
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Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, receives a hug from Rep. Lindsey Holmes, R-Anchorage, after her announcement on the first day of the session that she was resigning to take a fellowship position at Sanford University.
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Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, receives a hug from Rep. Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, after her announcement on the first day of the session that she was resigning to take a fellowship position at Sanford University.
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Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, right, receives hugs from Rep. Doug Isaacson, R-North Pole, Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, and Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, left, after her announcement on the first day of the session that she was resigning to take a fellowship position at Sanford University.
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Rep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, is interiewed after moving up to be Minority Leader in the House after Rep. Beth Kerttula's announcement to resign on Tuesday.
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Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, shares a laugh with her husband, Jim Powell, left, and Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, after her announcement on the first day of the session that she was resigning to take a fellowship position at Sanford University.
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Girl Scouts present the colors at the begining of the Legislative session in the House Chambers on Tuesday.
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Girl Scouts prepare to present the colors at the begining of the Legislative session on Tuesday.
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The Alaska Youth Choir warms up in the lobby of the Alaska State Capitol before performing for both the House and Senate on Tuesday.
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Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, claps with other members of the House of Representatives at the start of the legislative session on Tuesday.
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Rep. Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, right, Rep. Lora Reinbold, Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, and Rep. Eric Feige, R-Chickaloon, left, talk during a break on the first legislative day of this year's session on Tuesday.
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Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, center, answers a question about the state's budget worries during a Senate Majority press conference in the Capitol on Wednesday. Kelly is flanked by Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, left, and Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage. Senators Kelly and Meyer are co-chairs of the Senate Finance Committee.
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Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, talks with Rep. Harriet Drummond, R-Anchorage, on the first day of the legislative session on Tuesday.
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Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, left, and Sen. Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle River, arrive to notify the House that the Senate is open for business on Tuesday.
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A legislative staff member photographs the Senate Majority Caucas press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday.
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Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, right, speaks to the media at the Senate Majority Caucas press conference as Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, and Sen. Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle River, as wait their turn at the Capitol on Wednesday.
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Sen. Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle River, left, speaks to the media at the Senate Majority Caucas press conference as Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, center, and Sen. Gary Stevens listen at the Capitol on Wednesday.
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Larry Hartig, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, speaks to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday. Hartig gave an overview of the department and also voiced Alaska concerns with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
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Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, answers a question about the state's budget worries during a Senate Majority Caucas press conference in the Capitol on Wednesday. Along with Sen. Meyer is Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, and Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, right. Senators Kelly and Meyer are co-chairs of the Senate Finance Committee.
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Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, center speaks to the media at the Senate Majority Caucas press conference as Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, left, and Sen. John Coghill, R-Fairbanks, listen at the Capitol on Wednesday.
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Gov. Sean Parnell speaks to the Alaska State Legislature during his annual State of the State address as Senate President Charlie Huggins, R- Wasilla, left, and House Speaker Mike Chenault, R- Nikiski, listen from the front of the House Chambers on Wednesday.
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Gov. Sean Parnell walks out of the House of Representatives Chamber with his bodyguards after delivering his annual State of the State address to the Alaska State Legislature on Wednesday.
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Gov. Sean Parnell is escorted to the House Chambers by Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, and Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, for his State of the State speech on Wednesday.
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Gov. Sean Parnell enters the House Chambers for his State of the State speech on Wednesday.
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Members of Gov. Sean Parnell's Cabinet walk to the House of Representatives Chambers to listen to the Governor's State of the State speech on Wednesday.
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Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, left, Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, center, and Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, walk into the House of Representatives together to listen to Gov. Sean Parnell's State of the State speech on Wednesday.
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Members of Gov. Sean Parnell's family and cabinet sit in the House Chambers gallery during his State of the State speech on Wednesday.
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Senate President Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, applauds during Gov. Sean Parnell's State of the State speech on Wednesday.
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Senate President Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, left, and Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, applaud as Gov. Sean Parnell leaves the House Chambers after delivering his State of the State speech on Wednesday.
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Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, right, and Rep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, give the Democratic caucuses’ response to the governor’s State of the State speech on Wednesday.
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Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, speaks during the Democratic caucuses’ response to the governor’s State of the State speech on Wednesday.
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Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, talks with Katie Hurley as Gov. Sean Parnell and his wife, Sandy, background, arrive at Juneau's 29th Annual Legislative Welcome Reception at Centennial Hall on Thursday. Hurley was the chief clerk to the Alaska Constitutional Convention in 1955-56.
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Gov. Sean Parnell speaks to the press at his Capitol office on Thursday.
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Gov. Sean Parnell speaks to the press at his Capitol office on Thursday.
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Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, left, talks with House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, during Juneau's 29th Annual Legislative Welcome Reception at Centennial Hall on Thursday.
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Gov. Sean Parnell speaks to the press at his Capitol office on Thursday.
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Shelly Hosley of the Prospector Hotel spiffs up one of the dishes during Juneau's 29th Annual Legislative Welcome Reception at Centennial Hall on Thursday.

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