3 things to watch for in the Legislature

Alaska's Republican Gov. Sean Parnell addresses the Alaska State Legislature during his annual State of the State address in Juneau, Alaska, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Parnell set new benchmarks for progress on a major natural gas pipeline project in Alaska and urged lawmakers to act this year on legislation to change the state's oil tax structure. Also pictured at left is Senate President Charlie Huggins, R- Wasilla. (AP Photo/Chris Miller)

JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature begins its first full week on Monday. Here is at look at three things to watch for this week:

Oil taxes

A Senate panel begins digging in to Gov. Sean Parnell’s oil tax proposal. Hearings are scheduled Tuesday and Thursday before the Senate Special Committee on TAPS Throughput, with members of the administration and consultants hired to advise the administration scheduled to testify. Committee co-chair Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, has said the panel will not be an oil tax committee, but will look at ways to address the decline in oil flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline system. The committee, however, is the first stop on the Senate side for Parnell’s bill, SB21.

Budget

The House Finance Committee is expected to start getting into Parnell’s budget proposal for next fiscal year. On Tuesday, both the House and Senate Finance committees are scheduled to hear about federal funding and how that could impact the states.

Federal ‘Overreach’

Parnell asked lawmakers to come together this year to stop what he called the overreach of the federal government in Alaska. The issue is set to come before both the House and Senate State Affairs committees this week. Senate State Affairs Chairman Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River, has said he wants to look at the issue of federalism in his committee this year. On Tuesday, Senate State Affairs is scheduled to hear from Alaska Attorney General Michael C. Geraghty.

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