FRIDAY DEADLINE NEARS
The lieutenant governor’s office has until this Friday to approve or deny “An Initiative Requiring Meetings of the Alaska Legislature to be Held in Anchorage” petition application, which was filed on Feb. 4, 2019.
Word among people familiar with the petition application is that the initiative language meets all the legal requirements and is likely to be approved.
Approval would allow the sponsors of it to proceed to gather signatures. To make it on the next statewide ballot, the initiative would require at least 28,501 signatures in petition booklets, coming from 30 House districts. Each House district would require signatures from at least 7 percent of the number who voted in the preceding General Election in the district.
The initiative calls for the meetings of the Alaska Legislature to be held in Anchorage, and because it doesn’t refer to moving the actual capital, the Frank Initiative would not apply. The Frank Initiatives is Alaska Statute 44.06.050 through 44.06.606 requiring the full cost of moving the capital to be disclosed to voters during a vote on any capital move.
David W. Bronson, Camille O. Carlson, and Leona E. Oberts are the initiative’s primary sponsors.
(The application review deadline is April 5, 2019. Earlier, it was reported to be April 8, but it was later determined by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and determined to be April 5.)