JUNEAU — The Alaska House of Representatives late Tuesday passed a nearly $1 billion spending bill that includes funding for a potential $1,200 "resource rebate" for Alaskans plus preparations toward a natural gas pipeline.
The bill now moves to the Senate, which must act on it before the special legislative session ends at midnight Thursday.
The bill that passed Tuesday night on a 34-3 vote is an appropriations bill and doesn't necessarily mean the $1,200 rebate is assured.
The full Legislature first will need to pass separate energy relief legislation that includes the rebate, and right now lawmakers in the House and Senate are far apart on their ideas for how to help Alaskans struggling with high fuel and other energy costs.
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