Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, D-Anchorage, left, and Rep. Chuck Kopp, R-Anchorage, deliver a message to Gov. Bill Walker that the House is open for business on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Legislators returned to Alaska’s Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature on Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, D-Anchorage, left, and Rep. Chuck Kopp, R-Anchorage, deliver a message to Gov. Bill Walker that the House is open for business on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Legislators returned to Alaska’s Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature on Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Guardedly optimistic, Alaska Legislature starts second regular session

After the Girl Scouts and the Juneau-Douglas High School choir, two senators walked into the chambers of the Alaska House of Representatives with an air of solemn ceremony and pronounced the Alaska Senate ready for business.

Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, didn’t waste any time puncturing that solemn air.

“We’ve been waiting for that message for a long time,” Edgmon replied, drawing a wave of laughter that submerged the room.

Edgmon’s comment was one of the few light notes as the 30th Alaska Legislature began its second regular session with a day of ceremony and procedure. Each Legislature lasts two years, bookended by statewide general elections, and Tuesday marked the start of the second year.

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Senate Pages Elizabeth Bechtol, of Anchorage, and Walter Campbell, of Palmer, play glockenspiels to announce the meeting of the Senate as legislators return to Alaska’s Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Senate Pages Elizabeth Bechtol, of Anchorage, and Walter Campbell, of Palmer, play glockenspiels to announce the meeting of the Senate as legislators return to Alaska’s Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, left, receives a fist bump from Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, as legislators return to Alaska’s Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, left, receives a fist bump from Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, as legislators return to Alaska’s Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Girl Scouts Amara Sanguni, right, and Devin Moorehead bring in the state and national flags as legislators return to Alaska’s Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Girl Scouts Amara Sanguni, right, and Devin Moorehead bring in the state and national flags as legislators return to Alaska’s Capitol to open the Second Session of the 30th Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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