Judge hears arguments in Alaska budget dispute lawsuit

    Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge says he plans to issue a ruling next week in a lawsuit filed by Alaska’s attorney general that raised questions about when the state budget takes effect.

    Superior Court Judge Herman Walker Jr. heard arguments in the matter Friday. Attorney General Treg Taylor sued after the House failed to adopt effective date provisions for the state budget. A week after the lawsuit was filed, and days before the new fiscal year, the effective date provisions were adopted. Attorneys for the Legislative Affairs Agency say that action renders the matter moot. But attorneys for Taylor say the issues raised by Taylor’s lawsuit could come up again.

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