"Is it perfect? No, but do I think it's necessary? Yes." he said.
Kessler said that, as with all complicated regulatory legislation, any bill approved this week likely will be revised by future Legislatures, as circumstances require.
"If it needs tweaked, modified or changed, we'll do that," Kessler said of the legislation.
Kessler said he was not surprised the Senate passed the bill so quickly, without debate, noting the issue has been before the Senate for nearly two years.
"It wasn't a bill that was sprung on us," he said. "It's a topic every member of this body is fully acquainted with at this point."
Sen. Karen Facemyer, R-Jackson, was absent Tuesday. Facemyer was the only member of the House-Senate select committee to vote against the draft Marcellus Shale bill last month, calling it anti-business.
Later Tuesday evening, House Judiciary members adopted a strike-and-insert amendment replacing the original House bill with the contents of the bill passed by the Senate earlier in the day, a positive sign for reaching a House-Senate compromise on the legislation.
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