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Musical Chairs: How Representative Kerttula’s Departure Affects the House

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In what will most certainly go down as the shortest committee meeting this session, House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt adopted the new structural changes negotiated between the two house caucuses. It took under two minutes.

While the moves are relatively minor, this could technically change at any moment, as the Democratic minority does not meet the ten-member threshold that establishes their caucus as a recognized minority.

The deal, as reported yesterday, was a good faith agreement between outgoing Representative Kerttula (D-Juneau) and Speaker Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski). It doesn’t add or subtract the minority voice on committees, instead serving only as an early session exercise of musical chairs.

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