The state of Alaska has been ordered to pay nearly $87,000 in attorneys fees to the American Civil Liberties Union after losing a lawsuit over the governor’s vetoes of court funding in 2019 and 2020.
Frustrated advocates and families point to overcrowding in prisons, inconsistent precautions and a general lack of transparency from the Department of Corrections.
The requirement for a witness signature led to the rejection of 456 ballots in last month’s primary election.
A Division of Elections spokesperson said the lack of a proper witness signature was the number one reason why the division rejected ballots in 2016 and 2018.
In an enforcement order dated June 30, the state’s Division of Banking & Securities says: “Shareholders were not required to vote in favor of the proposed settlement trust to be eligible to receive $100.00 from Goldbelt.”
The fine comes as the state’s broad powers over shareholder speech is under review by the Alaska Supreme Court.
The ACLU says the victim is willing to settle her claims against the city for half a million dollars in order to avoid ongoing litigation.
An Anchorage Superior Court judge issued a final order on the lawsuit, which was filed in August by the ACLU of Alaska, the group Dunleavy for Alaska and Palmer resident Eric Siebels.
The plaintiffs in a new lawsuit argue it is when it targets political advertising. Alaska has banned advertising along state highways since 1949, when it was a territory.
A news conference outside the federal building in Anchorage, and then a demonstration at a downtown building that houses offices for Alaska’s two U.S. senators, focused on the role of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the appointment process.