AWA won its lawsuit against the Board of Game!

Complete information about this lawsuit and decision can be found in our Issues section.

In the Fall of 2012 BOG members voted twice using serial emails to deny AWA’s two emergency petitions seeking to re-establish a no-hunting-or–trapping wolf buffer zone adjacent to Denali National Park. AWA’s lawsuit, filed in March 2013, alleged that those BOG votes were a violation of the state’s Open Meetings Act.

A decision issued Dec. 16 by Superior Court Judge John Suddock found in favor of AWA, declaring that the BOG violated the open meetings law when it did not deliberate and decide the petitions at a public meeting.

The BOG, represented by the state attorney general’s office, quickly filed a request for reconsideration of the Court’s decision. Even faster, a mere two days later, Judge Suddock issued a terse order denying the request, thereby reaffirming his earlier decision that the BOG’s email voting procedure violated the open meetings law.

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Complete information about this lawsuit and decision can be found in our Issues section.