Watching Government
Murkowski's plans

Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alas.) has a combative agenda for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee this year.Chairman Murkowski recently introduced a retail electricity decontrol bill. He said, "Our legislative task is to trim federal regulation down to the absolute minimum but at the same time not halt the state progress on retail competition or interfere with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's progress on bulk power market competition."The senator doesn't necessarily expect to pass legislation this year. "The idea is to see how far we can get. Maybe we can reach agreement on some of the issues."The committee recently completed hearings on the home heating oil price inc...

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