Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, and chairwoman of the Senate Resources Committee, said the governor's bill takes a "really fresh approach" to addressing the issue. But she said she wants to see detailed analyses of the bill and better understand what impact it might have. She said she thinks there will be a robust discussion.
Over the past two years, Giessel has faithfully attended House and Senate hearings on the oil tax issue, taking copious notes from the audience. She said in an interview Friday that the overarching goal is to increase production, and lawmakers want to come up with a plan that is fair to Alaskans.
Giessel said she plans to spend at least three weeks on the governor's bill in the Resources Committee after it comes over from a special Senate committee on oil flow through the trans-Alaska pipeline.
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