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Invocation trial pushed back to April



Oral arguments were supposed to be heard this week in Anchorage Superior Court regarding the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s invocation policy. But as has been the pattern since the suit was initially filed more than a year ago, this will have to wait.

The American Civil Liberties Union has charged that the borough violated the state constitution when it refused to amend its invocation policy in 2016. As it stands, anyone wishing to deliver pre-meeting remarks can do so, if they’re a member of an established and recognized group that holds regular meetings.

Homer assembly member Willy Dunne has introduced ordinances and resolutions seeking to redefine the terms under which prayers can be offered, all to no avail. Oral arguments have been rescheduled to April 11th in Anchorage.