Alaska Arctic Policy Commission Meets in Fairbanks

State Sen. Lesil McGuire says she hopes the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission can recommend policies that address issues from Arctic resource development to social health.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- State Sen. Lesil McGuire says she hopes the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission can recommend policies that address issues from Arctic resource development to social health.


She hopes the commission's work will lead to the creation of bills for the Legislature to consider.


The commission was created in response to Arctic shipping lanes opening.


McGuire says the commission could make recommendations on projects such as spill response, fishery protection, workforce development and improved housing.


She says her goal is to have a bill that creates policies for an Arctic deep-water port


McGuire is co-chairwoman of the commission. She spoke after two days of meetings in Fairbanks with other lawmakers and University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers.