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Murkowski blasts federal overreach in speech

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski told Alaska lawmakers Wednesday that the state must be aggressive in developing lands where it has some control.

Murkowski, in an address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature, said she admired lawmakers' courage in passing an oil tax cut last year that she said promotes investment.

She said the Legislature has taken serious steps to try to boost oil flow through the trans-Alaska pipeline system and said it is long-past time for the federal government to do the same.

Murkowski said while the Interior Department has sold leases in Arctic waters off Alaska, it has not yet shown that it actually wants development to occur.

She said restrictions in the Tongass National Forest under the roadless rule are choking the last of southeast Alaska's timber industry and limiting the ability to build out renewable energy resources.

She cited the federal health care law as an example of overreach and said she would seek a preventative approach to mass shootings rather than new gun restrictions, saying she was "immovable" on that point.

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