State to argue for dismissal of suit over governor's commercial fisheries order

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JUNEAU A judge is set to hear arguments in a case brought by the Alaska Department of Law that seeks the dismissal of a lawsuit against the state regarding the management of the state's commercial fisheries.

The Juneau Empire reports that oral arguments are scheduled for Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court.

At the center of a case is an administrative order issued by Gov. Bill Walker that calls for several functions of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission to be transferred to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Officials have said the move would save the state more than $1.3 million annually.

However, United Fishermen of Alaska's lawsuit maintains Walker didn't have the authority to issue the order and claims the decision should've been up to the Legislature.

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