Dunleavy administration returns vetoed budget funds to Alaska Court System

Published: Jan. 11, 2021 at 4:50 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Governor Mike Dunleavy has refunded more than $300,000 to the Alaska Court System’s budget following a ruling by the 3rd District Superior Court of Alaska.

According to a press release from the American Civil Liberties Union, the amount, totaling roughly $334,000 for Fiscal Year 2021, has been restored as of Monday, January 11th.

The ACLU’s 2019 lawsuit against Governor Dunleavy alleged that his line-item veto of the amount was done in retaliation for a legal decision from the Alaska Supreme Court.

In its December ruling that the governor must refund the amount, the Superior Court explained that the veto violated “the separation of powers doctrine embodied in the Alaska Constitution.”

In the release, ACLU of Alaska Executive Director, Joshua Decker said, “The court ruled to protect the Constitution’s fundamental system of checks and balances that protects our American democracy, and this is a victory for all of us.”

Though no statement from Governor Dunleavy is available at this time, the Alaska Department of Law commented, “The State of Alaska has complied with the judgement and does not plan to appeal.”

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