The Alaska House rejected a deal that would let Exxon Corp. pay $900 million over 11 years to settle the nation's worst oil spill, proposing instead that the company pay $1.2 billion up front.

Gov. Walter J. Hickel isn't bound by the vote, but he has said he would terminate the settlement if the Legislature didn't approve it.The action late Thursday came one week after a federal judge tossed out the settlement's criminal plea bargain. He said its $100 million fine for Exxon was inadequate punishment for the Exxon Valdez spill.