Timber, languages, Murkowski things to watch

2/16/2014 10:15 AM
By Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The scheduled 90-day session is about one-third of the way over. At least four different committees are planning hearings on gas line matters this week in an effort to get as many members as possible up to speed on one of this year's top issues.

The Senate Finance Committee is planning two-a-day meetings Wednesday through Friday, generally split between the capital budget and issues related to the liquefied natural gas project.

Other things to watch this week include a Senate resolution urging the governor to take steps to try to secure timber lands from the Tongass National Forest and a bill that would make Alaska Native languages official languages of the state, along with English.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is scheduled to address a joint session of the Legislature Wednesday.

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