JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge has ruled that a lawsuit by Alaska’s attorney general against the Legislative Affairs Agency is really an action by the governor against the Legislature that is barred by the Alaska Constitution.
Superior Court Judge Herman Walker Jr. cited comments by Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Attorney General Treg Taylor in reaching his decision. An email seeking comment was sent to a state Department of Law spokesperson. Taylor leads the department. Taylor sued the Legislative Affairs Agency in late June, after the House failed to adopt effective date provisions for a state spending package. The votes were secured, however, a week later. Attorneys for the agency argued the suit was constitutionally barred.