30th Alaska Legislature Opens

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Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, and Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, laugh at Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon's response to their announcement that the Senate is open for business at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Speaker Edgmon said, "We've been waiting for that message for a long time." Legislators returned to Alaska's Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature Tuesday.

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Rep. David Talerico, R-Healy, talks with Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, R-Wasilla, as legislators return to Alaska's Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

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Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, D-Anchorage, left, and Rep. Chuck Kopp, R-Anchorage, deliver a message to Gov. Bill Walker that the House is open for business on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Legislators returned to Alaska's Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature on Tuesday.

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Senate Pages Elizabeth Bechtol, of Anchorage, and Walter Campbell, of Palmer, play glockenspiels to announce the meeting of the Senate as legislators return to Alaska's Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

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Rep. George Rauscher, R-Palmer, talks with Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, as legislators return to Alaska's Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Rep. Rauscher is on a list of name sent to Gov. Bill Walker to take Sen. Mike Dunleavy's vacant seat in the senate.

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Juneau delegates Rep. Justin Parish, left, and Rep. Sam Kito III speak as legislators return to Alaska's Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

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Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, left, receives a fist bump from Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, as legislators return to Alaska's Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

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Girl Scouts Amara Sanguni, right, and Devin Moorehead bring in the state and national flags as legislators return to Alaska's Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

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Members of the Alaska Youth Choir, under the direction of Rich Moore, sing the Alaska Flag Song as legislators return to Alaska's Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

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Members of the Senate Labor & Commerce Committe listen as Greg Cashen, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, gives an overview of Alaska's economy on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Committee members shown are Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, left, Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, and Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, right.

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