- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The House Resources Committee has rewritten a bill from Gov. Bill Walker that stemmed from issues he had with a settlement over the Point Thomson oil and gas field.

Walker proposed that before settling a civil matter related to oil and gas leases, the attorney general would have to determine the settlement was limited to issues necessary to settle the case and didn’t alter constitutional, statutory or required regulatory procedures.

The committee voted 6-1 Friday to advance a rewrite that removed references limiting the bill to settlements related directly to oil and gas leases, to have the bill applied more broadly.

Rep. Mike Hawker said the bill would get further vetting in the judiciary committee but from a resource committee perspective, wanted to ensure that resource settlements received equal treatment.

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