AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill aimed at making it easier for employers in the logging industry to hire foreign employees who’ve been given permission to work in this country faces review by a legislative committee.

The Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee takes up the bill this afternoon.

Some legislative Democrats oppose the bill. Sen. Troy Jackson of Allagash, who is also a logger, says Maine jobs are going to foreign workers. He says the practical effect of the bill is fewer opportunities for Maine workers.

Jackson plans a news conference before the hearing.