Legislature to hire second consultant on oil, gas


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JUNEAU (AP) — A legislative panel has agreed to enter into a contract with a second consultant on oil and gas taxes.

The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee on Tuesday agreed to enter into a $250,000, two-year contract with Roger Marks.

The legislature already has on contract for up $1.65 million with PFC Energy, which helped lawmakers last year as the Senate tried to craft an oil tax overhaul.

Senate Finance Committee co-chair Kevin Meyer said Marks is familiar with and based in Alaska, unlike other consultants that legislators have used. He said PFC is "excellent," but that Marks would provide perhaps a different perspective that he said could be helpful for lawmakers.

Sen. Cathy Giessel, co-chair of the Senate Resources Committee, said she planned to use both consultants.

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