School bond reimbursement bill to become law without governor's signature

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JUNEAU, Alaska — A bill that would pause the state's obligation to reimburse school construction debt payments will become law without Gov. Bill Walker's signature.

In a letter to legislative leaders, Walker said confusion surrounding the House's failure to adopt the effective date clause and a retroactivity provision in the bill contributed to his decision not to sign the bill. He said while he supports efforts to reduce the state's budget, he would prefer that it would have been done in a way more understandable for Alaskans.

Walker says the Department of Law advised him that a provision making the bill retroactive to Jan. 1 is still intact when the law takes effect. A Walker spokeswoman said the law takes effect July 23.

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