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Judge: Alaska governor used veto power to punish courts

By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska judge has ruled that Gov. Mike Dunleavy unconstitutionally used his veto powers to punish the courts following a state Supreme Court ruling that invalidated proposed abortion restrictions. Superior Court Judge Jennifer Henderson said Dunleavy’s vetoes of $334,700 from the appellate courts for each of the state’s last two budgets violates the separation of powers doctrine. She voided the cut for the current-year budget but said a request to restore funds for the prior year became moot when that year ended. A message seeking comment was sent to the Department of Law.

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