- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A House panel has moved a bill to update the state’s Code of Military Justice, although much of the work is expected to be undertaken this summer.

The House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday moved a code of military justice bill after amending it to make changes requested by the Alaska National Guard.

Lt. Forrest Dunbar said the guard wants the option to use members of other active duty branches and former military members as judge advocates in court martial proceedings.

Dunbar also said the guard wanted a language change so that it is required, rather than allowed, to adopt the code.

Staff said previously that much of the work on the code will be done this summer so that it can pass the Legislature early next year.

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