Senate panel slated to take up budget amendments

Mar 25, 2013 -- 10:20am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Senate Finance Committee is expected to take up amendments to its version of the state operating budget. The committee is looking at a $9.9 billion spending plan. It has scheduled amendments for Monday afternoon, after taking public testimony on the bill last week. Among those who testified was first lady Sandy Parnell, who asked that more than $800,000 be included for a sex trafficking investigative unit. A subcommittee had recommended denying the governor's funding request, saying new troopers were not needed for the unit because there hadn't been a single investigation in the last year. Parnell, in her testimony, said troopers' lack of experience and training in that area results in a failure to recognize signs of trafficking.


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