Alaska House Speaker Louise Stutes, center, sits before the start of a brief House floor session in Juneau, Alaska Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.(AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House has organized to begin work 31 days into the legislative session and a week after choosing a speaker. But questions remained about how functional the 40-member chamber will be. Two legislators indicated they do not plan to caucus with or are not currently part of a bipartisan coalition led by Republican Speaker Louise Stutes or an 18-member Republican bloc. Republican Rep. Sara Rasmussen says she is not participating in either caucus but was able to negotiate a seat on the House Finance Committee. Democratic Rep. Geran Tarr in a statement to The Associated Press said she’s not a member of the coalition “at this time.”