- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A bill that would repeal the required local contribution municipalities make to education has advanced from the House Education Committee but without a ringing endorsement.

Chairwoman Lynn Gattis said some members felt there were constitutional issues that needed to be addressed. The bill received an additional referral, to the House Judiciary Committee, on Monday.

The bill would end the practice of having certain boroughs fund part of their school districts. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has sued the state over the required contribution, saying it’s unconstitutional.

The lawsuit created another buzz last week.

Gov. Sean Parnell said Friday he wasn’t threatening the borough when he told Ketchikan reporters that the lawsuit could “shade or color” reaction to the community’s requests for state money to fund infrastructure projects.

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