Legislators look at constitutional issues

 While legislators work on details of the budget and plans to advance a liquefied natural gas project, this week's calendar also features several proposed constitutional amendments.

At least five proposed changes to the state constitution, two dealing with education funding, are scheduled for hearings.

SJR9 proposes striking a provision in Alaska's Constitution that prohibits the state from using public funds for the direct benefit of private and religious schools. Governor Sean Parnell has called on lawmakers to debate the proposal and let voters decide on it. A similar proposal is pending in the House.

Other proposed constitutional changes include making the attorney general an elected job; setting up a transportation infrastructure fund and protecting permanent fund dividends.