The Alaska House is following the Senate’s lead by adjourning from the special session and leaving an in-state gas pipeline bill unresolved.
It marks the end of a tumultuous special session that seemed doomed from the start. While lawmakers passed one of the bills on the call, pertaining to human trafficking, the governor pulled oil taxes after his bill on the subject appeared to be going nowhere. The Senate adjourned last week, relying on a legal opinion that says if a bill was on a special session call and removed while the session was under way, that action, in effect, ends the session.
That left unresolved a gas pipeline bill that was a priority for House Speaker Mike Chenault. The House had considered introducing a bill of its own.