Conflict Brewing In Alaska Over Whether House GOP Can Continue Medicaid Expansion Fight


Alaska Dispatch News:
Lawyers Spar Over Whether Alaska House Can Appeal In Medicaid Expansion Lawsuit


Lawyers hired by Alaska lawmakers to sue Gov. Bill Walker over Medicaid expansion said in a court filing last week that the Alaska House can properly take over the appeal of a case originally brought by the Alaska Legislative Council even though no legislative body has voted to approve the move. But one of the Senate leaders, John Coghill, R-North Pole, who supported the original lawsuit, said Wednesday that he didn’t think the House could insert itself into the already-existing contracts between the two hired law firms and the 14-member Alaska Legislative Council, a committee of House and Senate lawmakers that meets year-round and that voted to sue Walker. (Hanlon, 6/5)

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