Attorney General Responds to Contingency Language

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

Following the debate on the Senate floor, Attorney General John Burns hastily called a press conference to counter arguments that the Senate’s inclusion of contingency language is on solid legal footing.

Burns said the use of “packages” of projects, that could support each other against gubernatorial vetoes, is “invalid and unenforceable.”

Burns said the writers of the constitution intended having a strong executive branch with a strong control over the state’s finances. He did not go so far as to advise the governor to veto the language items, saying that is premature until a bill is given to the governor.

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