House votes to pause school bond debt reimbursement, but not immediately

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JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska House Wednesday passed a bill allowing the state to stop reimbursing school districts for bond packages, but didn't vote to make the bill take effect immediately.

That means the nearly $60 million school bond package Anchorage voters will consider next Tuesday could still be eligible for state reimbursement.

The House has scheduled another vote on the bill Thursday. It would need 27 votes to go into effect immediately, if Gov. Bill Walker signs it.

A legislative legal opinion said the bill needs to go into effect before the Anchorage vote to prevent the state from having to provide funding.

The Senate passed the measure last week halting reimbursements for bond packages approved from last January through July 2020. After that, the state will provide reduced reimbursements.

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