JUNEAU, Alaska - The focus this week will be on the House, which is expected to take up the state's operating budget. The House Finance Committee is working to finalize its version of the budget, with amendments scheduled for Tuesday.
The 2012 state legislative session convenes Jan. 17, and probably the most important bill on the session agenda besides the budget is Gov. Sean Parnell's bill to reduce the state oil production tax as an incentive for new industry investment. It will be a very contentious issue and it may preoccupy legislators in terms of dealing with other significant matters, excepting the state capital budget.
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two Republican state senators were named to chair key committees vacated by former Sen. Drue Pearce, who left in June to take a job with the Bush administration in Washington, D.C.
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