Federal review bill out of final committee

Apr 04, 2013 -- 10:00am

 

- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A bill that would help to better inform the Alaska Legislature of perceived unconstitutional undertakings by the federal government has moved out of its final committee of referral. HB83, by Rep. Wes Keller, moved from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The bill would require the attorney general to report perceived unconstitutional federal actions to the House and Senate Judiciary committees. Keller says the committees could respond to a report by creating legislation that would make specific federal laws null and void in Alaska. Senator Bill Wielechowski's proposed amendment, which asked the attorney general to summarize any litigation taken, failed. Keller's aide called it "unfriendly" and "unnecessary," and said the senator was trying to hold up HB83 - prompting a scolding by Wielechowski and Sen. John Coghill, the committee chairman.

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