- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - 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.

Minority Leader Hollis French requested the referral for SB138, which is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Resources and Finance committees. In a letter to Huggins, French said there are legal issues involved, including those surrounding TransCanada Corp.

The state has proposed transitioning from its current arrangement with TransCanada to a new agreement for the revised project.

Huggins says the majority had “great foresight” in keeping French on Resources, noting French is a lawyer and will get to hear the bill there.

French had asked to switch his assignment on Resources with Sen. Bill Wielechowski after becoming minority leader. The majority refused.

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