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KNBA News - Anchorage Legislative Office building owners file $37 million administrative claim

by The Associated Press

The owners of the downtown Anchorage legislative office building have filed an administrative claim seeking $37 million in damages following a botched lease deal.

Lawmakers earlier this year mulled buying the building after a state court judge invalidated their lease but Gov. Walker threatened to veto that purchase. The Legislative Council has since decided to pursue office space in another building.

The Legislature's top attorney, Doug Gardner, said he had not had a chance to fully review the claim. It was addressed to Sen. Gary Stevens, chair of the Legislative Council.

The claim says the Legislature's decision to "abandon" its commitments to the office building's owners and seek another property improperly puts the consequences of the Legislature's "flawed process" entirely on the owners.