Alaska Senate shuffles committee assignments

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate has shuffled committee memberships following Sen. Shelley Hughes' departure from the Republican-led majority.

    The Senate Committee on Committees announced Monday that Hughes will be replaced on the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee by Sen. Peter Micciche and on Senate Resources by Sen. Click Bishop.

    Hughes will be replaced on the Senate Finance Committee by Sen. Gary Stevens.

    The Palmer Republican will remain on the Senate Education Committee.

    Hughes left the caucus earlier this year in breaking with the Senate majority on a budget vote.

    Hughes is fighting cancer, and said in a Facebook video that she will be undergoing a procedure this week. She has an excused absence from the special session into next week.

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