Legislature to keep paying rent on Anchorage offices despite ruling

    Kodiak Senator Gary Stevens says the legislature has a "moral obligation" to honor the illegal contract.

    The legislature will keep paying another six months of rent on its Anchorage offices even though the lease was ruled invalid.

    The Alaska Dispatch reports that lawmakers hope to complete the purchase of the former Wells Fargo bank building in Spenard by the end of this month.

    Before they move out, they would give the landlord of the current LIO on 4th Avenue 90 days' notice. By the end of that time, they would've paid $1.7 million, or half a year's rent, since a judge ruled in March that the lease was not properly put out to bid.

    Kodiak Senator Gary Stevens, who chairs the Legislative Council, says the legislature has a "moral obligation" to honor the illegal contract.

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