- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Lawmakers advanced two appointees for the board that regulates participation in Alaska’s commercial fisheries.

The Senate Resources Committee on Monday held a confirmation hearing for Gov. Bill Walker’s appointees to the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission.

Juneau’s Benjamin Brown has already served one four-year term on the commission and is up for reappointment. Wasilla’s Verne Rupright was appointed in January to replace Frank Homan, who was appointed by then-Gov. Sean Parnell in November.

The appointees must still be confirmed in a joint session of the Legislature.

Sens. Bill Wielechowski and Peter Micciche asked Brown about a recent report that detailed inefficiencies at CFEC and suggested restructuring options.

Brown said he wasn’t given the opportunity to respond to the report before it was made public, but that some changes could be made.

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