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Governor Parnell Signs Open and Transparent Initiative Act

June 11, 2010, Ketchikan, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today signed legislation that strengthens disclosure requirements for ballot initiatives.

House Bill 36, also known as the Open and Transparent Initiative Act, requires any person or groups who finance initiative campaigns to register with the Alaska Public Offices Commission and to report contributions of $500 or more.

This increased registration requirement is intended to keep the public better-informed about supporters and opponents of ballot measures affecting public policy  - often focusing on resource development opportunities - at the earliest stages of the public process.

House Bill 36 also requires the lieutenant governor to hold at least two public hearings in each judicial district and to publish the full text of a proposed ballot measure in the petition booklets, so that prospective signers can read more than a summary.

House Bill 36 was sponsored by Representatives Kyle Johansen, Charisse Millett and Peggy Wilson.

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