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Lt. Governor Treadwell Certifies Citizen Initiative


December 20, 2012, Anchorage, AK – On the advice of Attorney General Michael Geraghty, Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell today certified the “Bristol Bay Forever” citizen initiative that would require legislative approval for large scale mines in the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve.

In his letter to the lieutenant governor, Geraghty wrote, “In this analysis, we conclude that the application complies with the constitutional and statutory provisions governing the initiative process and we therefore recommend that you certify the application.”

Petition booklets will be prepared by the Division of Elections in the next several weeks and delivered to initiative sponsors to circulate and gather voter signatures. Initiative sponsors are John Holman of King Salmon, Mark A. Niver of Wasilla, and Christina Salmon of Igiugig.

The booklets must be signed by qualified voters who: (1) are equal in number to 10 percent of those who voted in the preceding general election; (2) are resident in at least three-fourths of the house districts of the state; and (3) who, in each of the house districts described in subsection (2), are equal in number to at least seven percent of those who voted in the preceding general election in the house district. The Division of Elections has determined that the minimum number of qualified signatures required to meet this threshold is 30,169.

Sponsors will have one year from the time of delivery of petition booklets to gather signatures.  Depending on the timing of the return of those signatures and the length of the 2014 legislative session, the measure could appear on the August or November 2014 statewide ballots.

Attorney General Geraghty’s opinion is available online here: http://ltgov.alaska.gov/treadwell_media/pdf/AG%20Opinion%2012BBAY%20Final%2012.17.12.pdf.

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