- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Senate has passed a bill adding legislative oversight to the board of a state-sanctioned corporation that plays a key role in a major gas project that Alaska is pursuing.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Mia Costello, says it is designed to foster teamwork between the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. and the Legislature as they work to advance the project.

The bill would add two non-voting legislative members to the board.

One of the seven senators who opposed the bill, Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski, says the bill violates separation of powers principals by putting legislators on a board regulated by the executive.

The bill will now move to the House for consideration.

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