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Alaska oil industry defends tax credit program credit program in the upcoming legislative session may present more of a challenge for the oil industry.Anchorage Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski said he thought AOGA's campaign was evidence that "the dynamic has changed pretty significantly...
Bell to seek recount in Senate race

JUNEAU - Republican Bob Bell said Monday that he will seek a recount in his race against Anchorage Democratic Sen. Hollis French.Ballot counting from this month's general election stretched into last week. When the race was certified Friday...
AlaskaDigest one of the questions facing the panel, which includes Sen. Ralph Seekins, a Fairbanks Republican, and Anchorage Democratic Sen. Hollis French. Seekins said some recommendations to the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee may follow, but...
GOP party chairman confirmed to head oil and gas commission

...he has oversight over by night, I think the public of this state will look upon that with disfavor," said Anchorage Democratic Sen. Hollis French. "It just isn't right." The three-member board of oil and gas commission acts as a quasi-judicial...
State briefs

...Democratic Rep. Albert Kookesh, Kotzebue Democratic Rep. Reggie Joule, Anchorage Republican Rep. Eldon Mulder, Anchorage Democratic Sen. Bettye Davis, and Palmer Republican Rep. Scott Ogan. Other lawmakers returned to their home districts or...
Bill calls for investigation of price gouging at refineries

...charge "a rate that far exceeds the markup charged by West Coast refiners."The bill is co-sponsored by Anchorage Democratic Sens. Johnny Ellis and Hollis French. Under the proposal, the attorney general would be allowed to investigate...
Legislators cost state thousands in travel

...amount of travel last year was not out of line. The farthest distance traveled was to South Africa, in what Anchorage Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski described as a 35-hour plane trip. He and Anchorage Republican Sen. Lesil McGuire, co-chairs...
It's time to fund and build new state office, SLAM buildings

...asked for by Gov. Sean Parnell comes through this legislative session.It's a funding dilemma that prompted Anchorage Democratic Sen. Johnny Ellis to ask, "Why aren't we doing this in one fell swoop at a time we have the cash money?"That...
Senate OKs $9.9B state operating budget

...she urged lawmakers to wait to see what that entails before making a decision.Voting against the bill were Anchorage Democratic Sens. Johnny Ellis, Bill Wielechowski and Hollis French. French commended the work that had gone into the package...
Prefiled bills would cut government costs

...period of time, he said. Some of the other new bills being introduced include: Senate bills 187 and 188 by Anchorage Democratic Sen. Johnny Ellis would require children under age 16 to wear helmets when riding bicycles or off-road vehicles...


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