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Alaska Senate poised to begin debate on oil taxes

March 19, 2013 • Business


Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, left, speaks with Sen. Bill Wielechowski during a break on the Senate floor on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Juneau, Alaska. Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, and other minority members asked questions about differences between different versions of the proposed oil tax overhaul. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The long-awaited debate on the dominant issue this legislative session — overhauling Alaska’s oil tax structure — could finally begin on the Senate floor Wednesday, with majority leaders indicating they have the votes to pass the bill.

Onlookers got an early glimpse of the debate Tuesday, when minority Democrats asked about changes between different versions of the measure. This prompted breaks to allow majority members to share information with minority members or to get information from each other, aides or administration officials sitting in the gallery to respond.

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