Gov signs bill on security for court challenges


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JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell has signed legislation that will require those seeking to stop certain permitted projects to post a security.

The bill's sponsor, Chickaloon Rep. Eric Feige, said the measure is aimed at rooting out frivolous lawsuits.

But the executive director of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, Malena Marvin, said it violates citizens' rights to due process and expects it to be challenged in court.

The security would be in an amount a judge deems proper for costs or damages an industrial operation may incur if it were "wrongfully enjoined or restrained." Industrial operations include construction, timber and oil and gas development activities.

The security requirement would not apply if the activity being challenged was authorized through a program for which the state has assumed primacy from the federal government.

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