JUNEAU -- An Alaska Senate committee is considering a bill that would ban investments in companies that conduct business in Iran.
Supporters of the bill describe Iran as a leading threat to national security. But there are concerns about the effects of enacting a ban and the precedent it would set.
An estimated $79 million is invested in companies invested in Iran's oil and gas development. That's about 0.1 percent of the Alaska Permanent Fund's overall investments.
During a Senate State Affairs Committee hearing, Sen. Kevin Meyer questioned whether this would set a precedent by limiting where the Permanent Fund could make investments.
Sen. Bill Wielechowski, the bill's sponsor, said the bill is very narrow, and other investments could be considered on a case-by-case basis.