A bill to reorganize the Governor’s Energy Office and expand its mission to include promoting oil and gas is in limbo in the Democratic controlled senate. Senate Democrats killed a similar bill last year saying it would take resources away from renewable energy. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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