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Alaska Coastal Management Program Initiative Petition Meets Signature Requirements

February 8, 2012, Anchorage, AK – The citizen initiative to establish an Alaska Coastal Management Program appears to have gathered more than the minimum number of qualified signatures required for a determination of proper filing, Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell announced today. As of today, the Division of Elections has determined that at least 25,875 qualified subscribers, from at least 30 out of 40 legislative districts, signed the initiative petition.

For legal reasons, all signatures that were submitted by petition sponsors on January 17, 2012 are still being reviewed by the Division of Elections. In accordance with AS 15.45.150, the lieutenant governor has 60 days from the date the sponsors filed their petition to make a final determination of proper or improper filing.  In addition, all signatures on a petition for a ballot measure must be examined for purposes of voter registration list maintenance pursuant to AS 15.07.130.

Under AS 15.45.190, upon a determination of proper filing, the initiative may appear on the next statewide general, special, or primary election that is held 120 days after a legislative session has convened and adjourned and a period of 120 days has expired since the adjournment of the legislative session.

“Whether the measure actually appears on the primary or general election ballot depends on the timing of the legislature’s adjournment, and whether they take action on ‘substantially similar’ legislation,” Treadwell said.

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