House fails to agree to coastal zone bill

May 14, 2011 

JUNEAU -- The Alaska House late Saturday refused to accept a proposed compromise on one of the most contentious issues of the special session -- coastal management.

The vote to accept the conference committee report failed by one. The House could still vote to rescind its vote and vote again, if supporters of the compromise were able to sway another vote in their favor. Rep. Craig Johnson said he didn't expect another conference being appointed.

House Democratic Leader Beth Kerttula, who was on the committee that authored the compromise, used a floor delay to talk to at least one "no" vote -- Rep. Bob Lynn -- to see if he'd switch.

The current program is set to expire by July 1 if the Legislature adjourns without passing a coastal management bill.

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