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Alaska House again passes cruise ship bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- The Alaska House has again passed a bill that would change how the state regulates wastewater from cruise ships.

The House passed HB80 on Monday, 27-9, but notice of reconsideration was served, allowing for the bill to be voted on again.

The House voted 28-10 Wednesday to pass the bill. Rep. Peggy Wilson of Wrangell joined Rep. Paul Seaton of Homer as the only Republicans voting against it.

Republican Rep. Kurt Olson voted for HB80 and Democratic Rep. Geran Tarr voted against it. Both were excused Monday.

Alaska's Environmental Conservation commissioner has said the measure would align rules for cruise ships with those for others that get discharge permits from the agency. Critics say it would reduce protections set out in a 2006 citizen initiative.