passes bill limiting participation by gas corporation in Walker's alternate gas plan

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JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Senate has approved legislation to temporarily restrict participation by a state-sponsored corporation in an alternate gas pipeline project proposed by Gov. Bill Walker.

The decision follows a failed attempt by legislative leaders and Walker to broker an agreement.

The vote was 13-7. HB 132 passed the House last week. Walker spokeswoman Grace Jang said Walker would veto the bill if it reaches his desk.

Notice of reconsideration was served, meaning the bill could be voted on again.

Supporters of the bill say it reaffirms the state's support for Alaska LNG, the major liquefied natural gas project the state is pursuing.

Critics say the bill will hamper the state's negotiating position on Alaska LNG and put the state at a disadvantage if Alaska LNG stalls.

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