- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A state judge has denied an attempt to prolong litigation challenging Gov. Bill Walker’s authority to unilaterally expand Medicaid.

The Friday action stems from a lawsuit filed by the Alaska Legislative Council against Walker last summer. The case was dismissed by a state court judge in March.

The Alaska House subsequently gave notice it planned to keep challenging Walker’s authority for the expansion. In early May, attorneys representing the council filed a notice of appeal on behalf of the House and said they planned to seek an order substituting the House for the council in litigation.

In Friday’s ruling, Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner said the council had not presented any evidence that it transferred its interest to the House.

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