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The Latest: Commission to reconvene on personnel issue

April 2, 2019

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a personnel hearing by an Alaska human rights commission (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

Members of the state’s human rights commission emerged from an extended private meeting Monday with no decision on what was described as a confidential personnel matter.

Chairman Brandon Nakasato said the commission was not able to reach a decision based on its discussion in executive session. He says members will try to meet again soon, perhaps yet this week.

He confirmed later that the matter was related to an investigation requested by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

Dunleavy sought an investigation the day after commission executive director Marti Buscaglia posted on the commission’s Facebook page a picture of a “Black Rifles Matter” sticker on a truck in the commission’s parking lot she said she thought was racist.

She later removed the post.

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10:10 a.m.

The state human rights commission plans to meet Monday on a confidential personnel matter. Additional details weren’t immediately released.

The commission’s executive director, Marti Buscaglia, faced blowback last month, including from Gov. Mike Dunleavy, for pointing out a “Black Rifles Matter” sticker on a truck in the commission’s parking lot she said she thought was racist.

The truck belonged to a company doing work at the building.

Buscaglia has said she posted a picture on the commission’s Facebook page asking, “In what world is this OK?” She later removed the post, writing on Facebook that it offended many gun owners who saw it as the commission being against the right to own guns.

Dunleavy sought an investigation, which a spokesman said was completed and sent to the commission’s chair.