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Kerttula not interested in oil tax special session

Reps. Berta Gardner, from left, Beth Kerttula, and Les Gara answer questions during the House minority's regular legislative news conference on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in Juneau, Alaska. During the news conference, Kerttula, the Democratic leader, said s
Reps. Berta Gardner, from left, Beth Kerttula, and Les Gara answer questions during the House minority's regular legislative news conference on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in Juneau, Alaska. During the news conference, Kerttula, the Democratic leader, said she'd prefer that lawmakers not go into special session to deal with oil taxes if a solution hasn't been reached that all parties can agree to.
Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska — House Democratic Leader Beth Kerttula says she'd prefer that lawmakers not go into special session to deal with oil taxes.

Kerttula says she'd rather the Legislature pass the budgets and additional education funding, and stop. She says she'd rather wait on oil taxes if a solution hasn't been reached that all sides can agree to.

The Senate Finance Committee is working on an oil tax bill, and anything it comes up with must clear the committee and the full Senate before even getting to the House. A spokeswoman for the Senate bipartisan majority said Senate President Gary Stevens met with the governor Monday and discussed the possibility of a special session but both wanted to wait to see what happens in the committee.

The Legislature is scheduled to end Sunday.