Final Days of the Legislature

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Exchange student Haytham Mohanna of Gaza holds a papercraft peacock, a symbol of peace in Palestine, he presented to the Alaska Legislature at the Capitol on Monday.
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Mike Hanley, Commissioner the Department of Education and Early Development, left, huddles with Deputy Commissioner Les Morse and Legislative Liaison Marcy Herman to review the Senate Finance version of Gov. Sean Parnell's omnibus education bill, HB 278, during a Senate Finance Committee meeting at the Capitol on Friday.
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Mike Hanley, Commissioner the Department of Education and Early Development, right, speaks with Senate Finance Co-chair Kevin Meyer as the Senate Finance Committee reviews the latest version of Gov. Sean Parnell's omnibus education bill, HB 278, at the Capitol on Friday.
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Senate Finance Co-chair Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, left, speaks with former Sen. Jerry Mackey as Mike Hanley, Commissioner the Department of Education and Early Development, speaks with Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, as the Senate Finance Committee reviews the latest version of the Governor's education bill at the Capitol on Friday.
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Senate Finance Co-chair Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, left, speaks to Sen. Donny Olson, D-Golvin, as the Senate Finance Committee reviews the latest version of the Governor's education bill at the Capitol on Friday.
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Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, left, speaks with Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, before their Senate Finanace Committee meeting at the Capitol on Friday.
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Juneau lobbyist Kevin Jardell, left, listens to Grey Mitchell, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, as they wait for a Senate Finance Committee meeting to start at the Capitol on Friday.
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Senate Finance Co-chair Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, left, speaks to the press after the Senate Finance Committee announce their latest version of the education bill at the Capitol on Friday. Along with Sen. Kelly are Sen. Donny Olson, D-Golvin, Senate Finance Co-chair Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, and Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, right.
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Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, left, Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, center, and Rep. Doug Isaacson, R-North Pole, lean back in their chairs as they listen to speeches on the final day of the legislative session at the Capitol on Sunday.
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House Finance Co-chair Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, left, receives a standing ovation from his fellow representatives after passage of state's operating budget at the Capitol on Sunday. Austerman is retiring from the legislature after 20 years, having served in both the Senate and the House.
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Rep. Bob Herron, D-Bethel, displays an oversized calculator with the sum of million as Rep. Cathy Munoz, R-Juneau, background, speaks in favor of HB 385 on Sunday that designates the state contributions to state employee's retirement system.
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Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, makes a phone call while speaking with Rep. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, left, and House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, during the last day of the legislative session on Sunday.
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Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, walks into the Senate Chambers at nearly 1:30 a.m. Monday as the legislature works to finish the session.
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Rep. Lindsey Holmes, R-Anchorage, takes a selfie with Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks, during a break on the House floor on the last day of the legislative session on Sunday.
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Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-Fairbanks, left, and Senate Finance Co-chairs Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, background, and Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, work work early Monday morning in the Senate Chambers.
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Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, left, Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, center, and Rep. Doug Isaacson, R-North Pole, lean back in their chairs as they listen to speeches on the final day of the legislative session at the Capitol on Sunday.
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Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, shows her approval after the Senate passed a bill she sponsored early Monday morning. HB 140 relates to the proposed adoption, amendment, or repeal of a regulation and relating to contact with agencies about regulations.
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Senate Finance Co-chair Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, speaks on the Senate floor Sunday night.
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Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, right, and Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, work on a bill during a break on the Senate floor late Sunday.
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Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, speaks on the Senate floor as the legislature works to finish the session.
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Senate President Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, center, listens to Minority Leader Hollis French, D-Anchorage, left, and Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-Fairbanks, in the Senate Chambers on Sunday.
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Rep. Eric Feige, R-Chickaloon, introduces the state gasline bill on the House floor on Sunday.
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Senators huddle early Monday morning on the Senate floor.
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Senators huddle early Monday morning on the Senate floor.
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Rep. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, introduces the state operating budget on the House floor on Sunday.
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Senate President Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, comes out a closed-door meeting with House and Senate leadership and Gov. Sean Parnell early Monday morning.
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Senate Finance Co-chair Kevin Meyer is questioned at the Capitol early Monday morning.
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Senate President Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, center, is questioned by members of the press early Monday morning at the Capitol.
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House Finance Co-chair Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, left, receives a standing ovation from his fellow representatives after passage of state's operating budget at the Capitol on Sunday. Austerman is retiring from the legislature after 20 years, having served in both the Senate and the House.
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Gov. Sean Parnell follows Tom Wright into a closed-door meeting with Senate and House leadership early Monday moring.
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Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-Fairbanks, left, sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, and Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, leave a closed-door meeting between Senate and House leadership and Gov. Sean Parnell early Monday moring at the Capitol.
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Senate President Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, center, talks with Sen. Kevin Meyer at the doorway of the Senate Chambers just past midnight on Sunday.
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Chief Clerk Suzi Lowell speaks with Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, in the House Chambers on Sunday.
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A picture of Senate Finance Co-chair Kevin Meyer sits at the head of the Senate Finance Committee table during a delay of a meeting on Sunday at the Capitol.
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Sen. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River, rests as the Senate continues after 2:30 a.m. Monday.
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Rep. Bob Herron, D-Bethel, displays an oversized calculator with the sum of million as Rep. Cathy Munoz, R-Juneau, background, speaks in favor of HB 385 on Sunday that designates the state contributions to state employee's retirement system.
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Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, makes a phone call while speaking with Rep. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, left, and House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, during the last day of the legislative session on Sunday.
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Rep. Lindsey Holmes, R-Anchorage, takes a selfie with Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks, during a break on the House floor on the last day of the legislative session on Sunday.
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Selena Everson, right, sings with Barbara Searles, ANS President Freda Westman and Lillian Austin, left, during a sit-in outside of Sen. Lesil McGuire's offfice at the Capitol on Sunday. The protest is for the adopt for House Bill 216 that would make 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages.
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Alaska Native Language supporters play music and drum during a sit-in outside of Sen. Lesil McGuire's offfice at the Capitol on Sunday. The protest is for the adopt for House Bill 216 that would make 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages.
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Lance Twitchell, Tlingit language speaker and associate professor of Alaska Native Languages at the University of Alaska Southeast, with his daughter during a sit-in outside of Sen. Lesil McGuire's offfice at the Capitol on Sunday. The protest is for the adopt for House Bill 216 that would make 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages.
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Freda Westman, president of the Alaska Native Sisterhood, speaks in favor of Alaska Native languages during a sit-in at the Capitol on Sunday.
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Margaret Osborn speaks in favor of Alaska Native languages during a sit-in at the Capitol on Sunday.

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All photos by Michael Penn.

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