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Topic - Hollis French
The Alaska Senate on Tuesday passed legislation aimed at advancing a major liquefied natural gas project, over nagging concerns about the role of TransCanada Corp.
Senate President Charlie Huggins says committee assignments for bills are not based on who is sponsoring the bills.
The minority leader of the Alaska Senate on Monday proposed to strike the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in the state, calling it a matter of conscience.
The Senate Resources Committee on Friday unveiled a version of a gas pipeline bill that largely remained true to what Gov. Sean Parnell proposed, with some clarifications.
State Sen. Hollis French held a lead in cash on hand over his Democratic rival for lieutenant governor, Bob Williams.
Senate President Charlie Huggins says it's possible but unlikely a bill meant to advance a liquefied natural gas project will be referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Alaska House lawmakers approved committee changes Wednesday following Democratic Rep. Beth Kerttula's decision to resign from the Legislature.
State spending, education funding and plans for advancing a major gas line project are among the big issues facing lawmakers when they return to Juneau for the new session.
There is a new Senate minority leader for the Democrats.
"You always have to keep downward pressure on the size of government; that's a constant job of any elected official. But the idea that you're going to cut, you know, $500 million, particularly out of the operating budget, is irrational," said French, who is also seeking his party's nomination for lieutenant governor.
Senate Minority Leader Hollis French, D-Anchorage, said the oil tax cut and budget are dangerous for Alaska's economy.