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Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy plans to call lawmakers into a special session, saying they did not appear to be on course to finish major unresolved issues by Wednesday’s constitutional deadline.

Details on the timing and location were expected later. Dunleavy says a change of venue might make a difference and said there has been interest in meeting in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. He said it also could be in Juneau.

Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair Bert Stedman says the capital is Juneau and it would be more cost effective to have the special session there.

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Lawmakers had yet to come to agreement on a crime package or a state spending plan. They also hadn’t made a decision on how to handle the dividend paid to residents from the state’s oil-wealth fund.

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he expects Alaska legislators to approve a full dividend payout to residents this year from the state’s oil-wealth fund.

Dunleavy spoke to reporters Wednesday, the constitutional deadline for lawmakers to finish their work.

He said he expects action on the dividend, the budget and a crime package, as well as inclusion of school funding in the budget for the coming year. Otherwise, he says a special session will be needed.

Senate President Cathy Giessel says work continued toward trying to reach agreement on a dividend. There are lawmakers who agree with Dunleavy that the statutory calculation should be followed, but others do not think the formula is sustainable.
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