Governor Sean Parnell today issued the following statement on the end of the special legislative session:
"I stand with the House on its decision to gavel out after the Senate Majority failed to address the state's energy needs. The Senate refused to work; the House did its job. I put House Bill 9 on the call to continue advancing a natural gas pipeline project. Instead of problem-solving with the House, the Senate ignored the bill.
"By failing to consider HB 9, the Senate Majority has delayed shipping gas from the North Slope to Fairbanks and the Railbelt for at least one to two years. It is unfortunate and disappointing that the Senate felt it necessary to turn its back on its constituents and the chance to provide long-term energy relief. Alaskans deserve much better. I will continue to aggressively pursue energy solutions for Alaskans."