JUNEAU -

The Alaska House has passed legislation that would require those seeking to stop certain permitted projects post a security.

HB47, from Rep. Eric Feige, would have the court set the security in an amount deemed proper for costs or damages that might be incurred by an industrial operation if that operation were "wrongfully enjoined or restrained."

Feige has said there's little risk in suing, that the risk is borne by the defendants and the bill is aimed at "leveling the playing field."

Critics say the bar is already high in seeking and securing restraining orders or preliminary injunctions.

The security requirement would not apply if the authorization being challenged was made through a program for which the state has assumed primacy from the federal government.

The vote was 26-12.