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Ketchikan has seen better days when it comes to the state Legislature.

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Nominally, and according to statute as well as the signs on the Tongass Highway, studded tires are supposed to be off by Monday.

But, as usual, that doesn’t really work in parts of Alaska. North of 60 degrees north latitude, the deadline already was May 1, but for those of us south of that line — in Southeast, that means down from Yakutat — the deadline is April 15.

Thus, Public Safety Commissioner Joseph Masters on Tuesday extended the deadline for all Alaska roads to May 1, giving us an extra two and a half weeks to get the job done. The commissioner says the grace period “should provide all motorists that additional margin of safety on lingering winter roads.”

With snow accumulation in the forecast even as late as this week, we appreciate the extra time.

It’s one of those cases where —especially with legislators ripping their hair out trying to get things done by the session’s end on Sunday — we are grateful no one is putting energy into changing the statute to reflect the more realistic May 1 deadline.

As long as there is a way to make it safe for Alaskans, why tinker with laws? Let the commissioner do what he does, and let the legislators work on things like getting a budget hammered out.