Giveaway Group Mounts Referendum Challenge to SB21

Oposition to SB 21 didn’t end with the bill’s passage last weekend, but opponents continue to push against the new oil tax structure.


A non-partisan organization called ‘Vote Yes! Repeal the Giveaway’ are joining minority Democrats in calling for a referendum to repeal of SB 21. The group announced yesterday they will be filing the Application For Referendum Petition paperwork with the Division of Elections today, after gathering 400 sponsor signatures.


Former legislator Ray Metcalfe is part of the push…


Metcalfe: “This hands the control of the North Slope back totally into the control of the majors. They have a monopoly up there and as long as they have a monopoly up there, us Alaskans are going to come out on the short end of the stick.”


The group has three months from the passage of the bill to collect the 31,000 signatures needed to get a referendum on the ballot. Metcalfe explained, after they submit their application today…


Metcalfe: “Then they have 7 days to tell us whether or not our application is in order and 7 more days to get us booklets, where we can start gathering signatures. By that time, about 18 days of the 90 days will have been used up, so we actually have about 72 days to get over 30,000 signatures.”


According to the AK Division of Elections, referendum petitioners must collect 10 percent of those who voted in the preceding General Election and are residents of at least three-fourths of the house districts of the state and who, in each of the house districts, are equal in number to at least seven percent of those who voted in the preceding General Election in the house district..

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