Coghill doesn't expect passage of SJR9 this year

Mar 27, 2013 -- 9:45am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he doesn't expect a proposed constitutional amendment that could impact education in Alaska to pass the legislature this year. But Sen. John Coghill says he would still like to get SJR9 to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration. A Senate Finance subcommittee plans to look at education and education funding over the interim, including what works, where any problems are and how best to move forward. Sen. Mike Dunleavy, who sponsored SJR9, says the Senate majority is committed to public education. Critics say his proposal could open the door to vouchers but Dunleavy has said repeatedly that he does not support direct funding for religious or private schools. Coghill says the measure could advance from his committee as early as Wednesday.

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