In what could be big news for Anchorage, the budget includes $76 million in general funds to build a new state crime lab. It now goes to Gov. Sean Parnell, who says he thinks the budget is too big -- and has indicated that he will veto some projects.
The 10 House members who voted against the bill have issues too.
"We're just living from one paycheck to the next here," said Rep. Mike Doogan. "We got a little windfall here, maybe we went to Vegas and hit the numbers and came back, and now we're spending all that money."
"It's a bigger budget than I am comfortable presenting, but one I'll be voting for," said Rep. Bill Stoltze. "It's one that reflects needs of Alaskans, because every member here is a representative of their community, and they're representative of what they interpret as desires of Alaskans."
Aside from the capital spending bill, perhaps the biggest drama came Sunday when the House first rejected -- and then reversed course -- approving a bill to separate oil and gas production taxes.
One of many bills that passed the House Sunday was a reduction of the cruise ship head tax from $46 per person to $34.50 per person. The Senate has already approved the measure, which the governor has supported with great enthusiasm.
In another Sunday vote the House passed Senate Joint Resolution 21, to ask voters whether they support increasing the size of the Legislature.
Under the plan, the House would grow from 40 members to 44, while the Senate would grow from 20 to 22.
Any change in the size of the Legislature requires a constitutional amendment but rural lawmakers support the change, citing the high cost of visiting constituents in very large districts.
"After the redistricting gets done, I can expect my district probably to grow and I may end up in Unalaska," said Kodiak Rep. Alan Austerman. "That's another $2,000 to fly to Unalaska, just to visit one community that I'd represent."
"Would we not be better to give more money so that it's easier for you to get to the people who need to be represented?" said North Pole Rep. Tammie Wilson. "I feel that the urban areas will just increase more with this number, versus giving more representation to the rural."
That bill now goes to the governor, and if signed will show up on ballots in the next election.
The House also unanimously passed the campaign expenditures bill Sunday, which requires disclosure of who is paying for political ads.
The Cook Inlet Recovery Act, which would provide tax credits for storing natural gas in old wells on the Kenai Peninsula, also passed the Legislature Sunday.
"The CIRA is a way to ensure that natural gas supplies are available year-round, allowing producers to store more gas in the lighter summer months for the big draws during winter," House Speaker Mike Chenault said in a statement.
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The Associated Press contributed to this story.