Green: Palin should poll Senate about session

Harris already submitted House responses

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2007

JUNEAU - Alaska state Senate President Lyda Green is not budging when it comes to polling her members about where to hold a special session this fall to review the state's petroleum production tax.

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She told Gov. Sarah Palin in a one-page letter Monday that deciding where to hold a special session rests with the governor.

The note comes four days after House Speaker John Harris, R-Valdez, offered the same thoughts, but Harris also submitted responses from members of the House after an informal poll.

Green chose not to do that, but offered Palin, a fellow Wasilla Republican, access to the Senate if she wanted to poll them herself.

"If you would like to have the contact numbers of the members of the Alaska State Senate for polling purposes, I would be pleased to forward them to you or your staff," Green wrote.

The governor's office didn't immediately return a phone call Monday to The Associated Press seeking comment.

Palin called the special session on Aug. 3, saying the state's Petroleum Profits Tax is not working and is tainted with corruption because three former lawmakers face federal bribery and extortion charges in connection with the 1-year-old tax format.

But before choosing a site for the Oct. 18 session, Palin said she wanted to first poll lawmakers and was willing to consider holding it outside of the state capital.

Members of the House voted by a greater than 2-to-1 margin to have the session in Juneau, but many who chose Juneau also noted that the decision belonged to Palin.

Palin has called for special sessions to be held outside Juneau and on the state's road system to open up state government to Alaska residents.

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