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ACMP Ballot Initiative Hearing Schedule

MEMORANDUM

TO:           Alaska Voters

FROM:      Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell          

Cc:             Governor Sean Parnell

                  Mike Nizich, Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor
                  Cindy Sims, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor
                  Michelle Toohey, Chief of Staff, Office of the Lieutenant Governor

DATE:      June 25, 2012

RE:            ACMP Ballot Initiative Hearing Process

 

As you know, the Legislature in 2010 passed legislation to create AS 15.45.195 which requires the lieutenant governor or a designee to hold two or more public hearings in each judicial district at least 30 days before an election at which an initiative is to appear on the ballot. The ACMP Initiative for an Alaska Coastal Management Program will appear on the August 28th Primary Election ballot. Therefore the hearings must be completed before July 29, 2012.

The lieutenant governor has set the following schedule for those hearings:

Monday, July 2
Kenai/Soldotna
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers
144 North Binkley Street, Soldotna
4pm-7pm

Tuesday, July 3
Bethel
Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center
420 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway
3pm-6pm

Monday, July 9
Anchorage (Statewide Teleconference)
Anchorage Legislative Information Office
714 West 4th Avenue, Suite 220
9am-12pm

Monday, July 9
Wasilla
Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center
1001 South Mack Drive
5pm-8pm

Tuesday, July 10
Kotzebue
Kotzebue Alaska National Guard Armory
605 3rd Avenue
11am-2pm
 

Wednesday, July 11
Fairbanks
Fairbanks North Star Borough Council Chambers
809 Pioneer Road
4pm-7pm

Thursday, July 12
Kodiak
Kodiak High School Commons
917 Rezanof East
4pm-7pm

Monday, July 23
Barrow
Inupiat Heritage Center
5421 North Star Street
4pm-7pm

Wednesday, July 25
Ketchikan
White Cliff Building Assembly Chambers
1900 First Avenue, Suite 144
12pm-3pm

Thursday, July 26
Juneau
The Assembly Chambers
155 South Seward Street
4pm-7pm

The lieutenant governor will structure the hearings to emulate official legislative hearings. In this case, the lawmakers are the citizens of Alaska, and the bill can only be discussed at the hearings and not amended. Each hearing will be audio recorded to establish the legislative record. The lieutenant governor will facilitate these hearings and both proponents and opponents of the initiative will be free to make the pro and con arguments. Each hearing will last a maximum of three hours and will follow the agenda below:

  1. Lieutenant Governor Treadwell provides overview of ballot initiative #2 including sectional review of bill and estimated fiscal impacts. 
  2. 10-15 minute long presentations by representatives of the bill’s sponsors, the Alaska Sea Party, and from the group opposing the initiative, Vote No on 2.
  3. Question and answer period – questions initially limited to 30 seconds per person.
  4. Public testimony – initially limited to 3 minutes per person.

Copies of the bill, a bill summary, an estimated fiscal impact statement, and pro and con statements will be available at the hearings.  Audio links of the hearings and distributed documents will be available on the lieutenant governor’s website. Written and verbal testimony will be archived with other public records for later access. In addition, Alaskans are invited to email comments to the lieutenant governor’s office at acmpcomments@alaska.gov.

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