Lawyers for Dunleavy want part of law on appointments tossed

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Attorneys for Alaska are asking a judge to strike down provisions of law dealing with government appointments amid a dispute between Gov. Mike Dunleavy and lawmakers.

    Lawmakers didn't meet last year to consider his picks for his Cabinet, boards and commissions.

    The state’s counterclaim comes in a lawsuit brought by the Legislative Council.

    The council, composed of House and Senate leaders, argues that the appointments Dunleavy presented in early 2020 lapsed in December after lawmakers failed to act on them.

    The council has asked a judge to block Dunleavy from continuing with those appointments and from reappointing people to posts until the start of the next legislative session on Jan. 19.

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