Part of lawsuit over bonuses settled

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Posted: Monday, October 03, 2005

JUNEAU (AP) — Four former state legislators have settled a portion of a lawsuit in which they contested $80,000 in cash bonuses paid to Republican legislative aides from 2001 to 2004.

The lawsuit by former Democratic Reps. Katie Hurley of Wasilla, Mike Miller of Juneau, Kay Brown of Anchorage and Niilo Koponen of Fairbanks charged that the bonuses were illegal under state ethics laws and asked the court to order the recipients to repay the money.

Douglas Mertz, the Juneau attorney for the four former lawmakers, said a key to ending the lawsuit was a law passed during the last legislative session that prohibited paying bonuses to legislative staffers.

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