04/13/13 - 9:15pm
JUNEAU — A bill aimed at advancing an in-state natural gas pipeline project passed the Alaska Legislature on Saturday.
The House voted 34-4 to agree to changes made in the Senate and supported by the bill’s sponsors, Reps. Mike Hawker and Mike Chenault. Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, was among those who voted no.
She said she believes the project should still be brought back to the Legislature for a final say, a proposal minority Democrats unsuccessfully sought to graft onto the bill. Supporters of HB4 say passage of the bill is essentially legislative sanctioning.