- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska lawmakers have approved a bill calling for a state Arctic policy.

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would create a state policy regarding development and investment in the Arctic.

The bill directs the state to focus on Arctic economic and resource development, infrastructure, healthy communities and a state-based agenda for science and research.

Much of the policy relies on work and recommendations developed by the 26-member Alaska Arctic Policy Commission over the past two years.

The bill also calls for collaboration on Arctic issues with the federal government.

The bill now goes back to the House, to see if the House agrees with changes made in the Senate.

The House earlier this session passed a different version of the bill, sponsored by Bethel Democrat Bob Herron.

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