Extended Session Bumps Ballot Initiatives

The State Legislature worked into the early hours of this morning, with Speaker Chenault and President Huggins finally calling a halt around 4am. Since the Houses are still debating the Governor’s education bill and the capital budget, several voter initiatives will be bumped from the August Primary ballot.


Director of the Division of Elections, Gail Fenumiai…


Fenumiai: “The three ballot initiatives which are ballot initiatives dealing with the Bristol Bay, the production sale and use of marijuana, as well as raising the minimum wage.”


The three initiatives will appear in November, but the SB21 question will still be decided in August, since referendums go through a different process.


The Bristol Bay petition was certified last December and would require legislative approval for a “large-scale metallic sulfide mining operation.” That’s defined as a mining proposal to extract metals including gold and copper from sulfide-bearing rock and directly disturb at least 640 acres of land.


It would almost certainly have bearing on the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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