Extended Session Bumps Ballot Initiatives

Posted: April 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm

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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One Comment to “Extended Session Bumps Ballot Initiatives”

  • john says:

    The Republican majority wished to bump these ballot initiatives hoping there would be less turnout in August. Why would that matter? The public vote to repeal SB 21 will be in August.

    The Republicans don’t want interested voters going to the polls and voting. They are hoping there will be a smaller turnout without the initiatives being on the same ballot.

    Alaskans should see through the scheming and turn out in large numbers to vote to repeal the 20 billion dollars oil tax giveaway.

    Vote yes on repeal, repeal SB 21 and show these legislators that Alaskans don’t want our state handed to the oil corporations.