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The House Rules Committee has advanced legislation that would allow out-of-state residents to serve on the board of directors of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp.

The committee introduced HB383 at the request of House Speaker Mike Chenault, who was a lead sponsor of a 2013 measure establishing the corporation, known as AGDC.

Chenault says it was an oversight to not have made explicit the intent to allow out-of-state residents to serve as part of an effort to ensure the most qualified people are on the board.

AGDC could play a key role in a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska.

HB383 was amended, at the request of Democratic Rep. Max Gruenberg, to require the governor provide a written statement explaining any future appointments of out-of-state residents to the board.