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Alaska Senate to hear testimony on federal overreach

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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013 6:34 am

JUNEAU, Alaska - The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on federal overreach on Friday.

Legislators are meeting to gauge public opinion on SJR2, which lauds the governor, attorney general, and natural resources commissioner for protecting the state's authority on managing its resources.

DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan says there has been an "unprecedented" level of federal overreach in recent years during an earlier testimony to the Senate State Affairs Committee. Sullivan cited a recent federal decision to designate 187,000 square miles as habitat for threatened polar bears. That decision was eventually vacated after the state sued the federal government.

The joint resolution also urges the federal government to limit federal government overreach into the management of state resources.

No one had signed up to testify as of Thursday afternoon.

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