- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Senate Resources is expected to be the only Senate committee to consider a sweeping bill that proposes changes to Alaska’s permitting system.

A revamped version of HB77 emerged in Senate Resources on Monday. Public testimony is scheduled for Wednesday.

The bill currently has no other committee of referral. If the bill advances from Resources, Senate Majority Leader John Coghill said the intent is to send it to Rules, which schedules bills for the floor.

HB77 last year was stuck in Senate Rules after failing to win sufficient support in the Senate for a vote.

The bill is expansive, touching on issues like land exchanges and permitting procedures. Its more contentious provisions have focused on appeals, general permits and the issuance of water reservations.

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