Proposal on student loans a casualty of session

May 07, 2014 -- 10:30am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - One of the casualties of the extended legislative session was a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at helping lower the cost of student loans. SJR23, from Sen. Anna Fairclough, passed the Senate 19-1 and was on the House calendar as the session neared its end. But the House gaveled out last month without taking it up. House Speaker Mike Chenault said it was a casualty of a long session, and people wanting to go home. The measure proposed a change to the state constitution to allow for authorization of state general obligation debt for funding student loans. The Juneau Empire reports that Senate President Charlie Huggins took the blame. He said the measure was widely supported. But he underestimated how it could get bogged down in the system.

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