House has a moment of silence for Orland victims

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska House of Representatives stood for a moment of silence Monday to honor the shooting victims of the deadly attack at the gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Rep. Matt Claman asked his colleagues to stand in unity for those injured and killed and their families.

The Anchorage Democrat says, “It’s a tremendous loss.”

Lawmakers are meeting in special session to address budget shortfalls because of the low price of oil.

The House referred to committee a Senate bill allowing the state to draw from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings based on a percentage of the fund’s market value. It also moved several bills raising taxes on items such as highway fuels and mining to Tuesday.

The Senate doesn’t have a floor session scheduled until Thursday.