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Lt. Gov. Treadwell Certifies ACMP Initiative

March 9 2012, Anchorage, AK – Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell certified the citizen initiative to establish an Alaska Coastal Management Program today.  The Division of Elections completed its review of signatures and determined they meet constitutional and statutory requirements for initiative petitions.  Treadwell notified petition sponsors, the Senate President, and the Speaker of the House.

“I want to thank staff at the Division for their diligent review of tens of thousands of signatures,” Lt. Gov. Treadwell said. 

The Division notified the lieutenant governor that the petition contains signatures of 29,991 qualified voters, exceeding the minimum requirement of 25,875 signatures.

The petition also contains signatures of voters in all house districts, and signatures of qualified voters in 37 house districts that equal at least seven percent of those who voted in the preceding general election.

“Now that we’ve certified the petition, the initiative will appear on a statewide election ballot, depending on whether the legislature passes ‘substantially similar’ legislation, and when the session adjourns,” Treadwell said.

If the legislature does not take action, the lieutenant governor must conduct two public hearings in each of the four judicial districts at least 30 days before the initiative appears on a ballot.

Alaska’s prior coastal management program expired on July 1, 2011, after the legislature adjourned the second of two special sessions without passing legislation required to extend the program.  The program coordinated state and federal permitting for development projects in coastal districts.

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.

Sponsors filed the petition with the Division of Elections on January 17, 2012. In accordance with AS 15.45.150, the lieutenant governor had 60 days, or until March 17, to make a final determination of proper or improper filing.

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