Governor Requests Public Vote on Senate District B
Governor Palin Thursday called for an open vote by the Senate on her appointment of Tim Grussendorf to the Alaska Senate. Concern has been expressed that a vote of the entire chamber on this appointment would be contrary to the practice and desires of political caucuses in the legislature.
"My primary objective is to respectfully request the Senate to take this matter up and vote on it in public session," Governor Palin said. "The Alaska people and particularly the people of Juneau deserve a public vote on this. While the long-standing opinion of the Department of Law is that confirmation by a minority of the Senate potentially has constitutional problems, I recognize that the caucuses in the legislature prefer not to have a vote by the entire chamber. The Senate can decide for itself who participates in the vote. I am simply requesting that the vote be done in public."
"The opinions of the Department of Law have been on the books for decades," Attorney General Wayne Anthony Ross said. "I believe the legislature and the people have a right to know that there are legitimate legal concerns with the manner in which the Senate Democrats acted on the appointment of Mr. Grussendorf."