U.S. Senate committee plans subsistence hearing

Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled an oversight hearing on Alaska subsistence hunting and fishing issues in Washington later this month.

The committee, led by Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, had planned to hold hearings in September and November. They were canceled after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the anthrax contamination in a Senate office building. The session is now planned for April 17.

Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, is on the committee, but Chuck Kleeschulte, a spokesman for the senator, said Murkowski did not ask for the hearing.

''But it's perfectly fine with us that an oversight hearing is taking place,'' Kleeschulte said.

The congressional hearing comes as the Alaska Legislature nears the end of another session in which some Republican members have blocked efforts to put an amendment before voters to revise the constitution to allow a rural priority.

The hearing will be at 2 p.m. in the Russell Senate Office Building.

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