- Associated Press - Saturday, March 29, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says a sweeping crime bill is a top priority.

Rep. Wes Keller’s committee plans work on the bill Monday, with hopes of advancing it by Wednesday.

SB64, from Republican Sen. John Coghill of North Pole, is aimed at reducing Alaska’s prison population and costs.

A provision of the bill regarding the financial threshold for a felony has gotten some pushback.

Fred Meyer store representatives on Friday asked for the amount to be $750 rather than the proposed $1,200 in the bill. They said those who steal are often adults who are members of organized shoplifting rings.

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