JUNEAU, Alaska — A Republican House leader says the majority of his GOP-led caucus supported pursuing a legal challenge to Gov. Bill Walker’s authority to expand Medicaid unilaterally.
Rep. Craig Johnson was tasked with handling the case for the House, which last week appealed a lower court decision upholding Walker’s authority.
Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, who handled the case for the Senate, said he recommended the case be dropped. While he felt pursuing it was the right thing to do, he believed support had dissipated.
The Legislative Council initiated the lawsuit last summer. But a legislative attorney has said while the Legislature is in session, an appeal decision requires a majority vote in the House and Senate.
Johnson contends a lawsuit isn’t over until it reaches final judgment, in this case, a decision by the Alaska Supreme Court.