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Push Making Attorney General Elected Job Advances

Published On: Feb 11 2014 04:43:00 PM AKST
Dept. of Law
JUNEAU -

A committee has advanced a proposed constitutional amendment that would make Alaska's attorney general an elected rather than appointed job.
    
Questions raised during the House State Affairs Committee included how an elected attorney general could be removed from office and whether an attorney general should be of the same political party as a governor. There were questions, too, about whether the attorney general was the governor's attorney or there first to serve the people.
    
Rep. Wes Keller promised to delve into some of those points further when the bill reaches his House Judiciary Committee.
    
A spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell said Parnell would have concerns about politicizing the attorney general's role through the election process but it was to legislators to decide whether to send the proposal to voters.