Alaska School Voucher Program Amendment (2014)

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The Alaska School Voucher Program Amendment is not on the November 4, 2014 general election ballot in Alaska as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. Had it been referred to the ballot and approved by voters, the measure would have allowed children to attend private or religious schools by using public education funds. The measure was proposed by Rep. Wes Keller (R-7), where it was known as Senate Joint Resolution 9.[1] Senate President Charlie Huggins (R-E) ultimately pulled the resolution from a floor vote, saying it was too controversial to garner the required two-thirds vote required to send it to voters. He instead sent the bill back to the Rules Committee, leaving the door open for possible action on the bill in the future.[2]

Support

The measure was sponsored in the legislature by Rep. Wes Keller. Proponents of the measure stated that the proposal would give parents more choices for their children and provide better opportunities for low-income students.[1]

Opposition

Opponents argued that the proposal would cut funding from Alaska's public school system.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing ballot measures in Alaska

Article 13 of the Alaska Constitution specifies that a 2/3rds vote of the Alaska State Legislature is required to refer a measure to the ballot.

Senate President Huggins ultimately pulled the bill from a floor vote, thereby excluding it from a potential spot on the 2014 ballot.[2]

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