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Alaska Legislature adjourns after passing aid ratification

FILE - This April 2, 2012, file photo shows the front entrance of the Alaska state Capitol building in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has adjourned after the Senate gave final approval to plans for using more than $1 billion in federal coronavirus relief aid. The House adjourned Tuesday after passing a ratification bill, and though the Senate passed an identical bill Tuesday, it still needed to consider the House-passed version to finalize matters. It did so Wednesday, on a 19-1 vote. Lawmakers returned to Juneau Monday after a recess prompted by coronavirus concerns. They were prodded to return by a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the funding plans. Attorney Joe Geldhof said his client planned to continue contesting the underlying constitutional issues raised by the case.


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