Fog delays quorum in Legislature

Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Alaska Legislature was able to conduct only limited business Monday after fog forced a plane bringing legislators from Anchorage to divert to Sitka.

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During a November special session of the Legislature, a snowstorm delayed lawmakers' arrival and the start of the session by nearly two days.

On Monday the House gaveled into a "technical" session with only five members, including Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau. Representative were able to accomplish a few housekeeping tasks but was unable to conduct business without a quorum. It adjourned after about two minutes.

The Senate had 14 members present and was in session a few minutes longer, but throughout the Capitol, more committee meetings were canceled than took place.

The attraction up north over the weekend was two inaugural balls, in Palmer and Kodiak. For politicians from the area, attendance was de rigueur.

Monday evening, House Speaker John Harris, R-Valdez, was still trying to make it back to town.

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