A lawsuit against Gov. Mike Dunleavy over a veto he made to the Alaska Court System will be allowed to move forward.

In June, Dunleavy vetoed $334,700 from the appellate courts 2020 budget. He pointed to a recent Alaska Supreme Court ruling on government-funded abortions:

"The Legislative and Executive Branch are opposed to State funded elective abortions; the only branch of government that insists on State funded elective abortions is the Supreme Court. The annual cost of elective abortions is reflected by this reduction. The Federal Government also prohibits any federal funds paying for elective abortions."  

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska sued, saying the veto violated separation of powers and unconstitutionally reallocated state money based on the governor's political disagreement with the state courts.

The governor filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit; that motion was denied Thursday.

The state has 10 days to file a response to the suit.

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