Alaska lawmakers may be asked to drop fishing poles

Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2009

FAIRBANKS - A group of lawmakers are hoping to override Gov. Sarah Palin's veto of energy-related stimulus dollars during a special session. But there may be some problems getting the Legislature together.

Professional commitments, fishing boats, vacations and other activities keep lawmakers away from Juneau during the summer. Forty votes are needed to call a special session of the 60-member Legislature.

The stated purpose of the special session would be confirm a new lieutenant governor.

Rep. John Coghill said it won't be difficult to get the 31 votes required to confirm Lt. Gen. Craig Campbell as lieutenant governor. But it may be tougher to generate the 45 votes needed for a veto override.

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