Alaska coastal management initiative given go-ahead for signature collection

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December 8, 2011


By Al Ortiz

JUNEAU, Alaska: The hard work now begins for supporters of an initiative that would establish a new coastal management program in Alaska. The Alaska Elections Division, along with the Department of Law, took 60 days to review and approve the initiative for signature gathering, leaving a small window for supporters to collect the required 25,875 signatures for ballot access.[1]

The deadline to do so is January 17, 2012. According to Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Bakalar, when commenting on the lengthy review of the initiative: “The full 60 days allowed by law was required to give the bill the due diligence necessary."

Alaska is the only coastal state in the country without a federal coastal management plan, according to reports. Coastal programs are established to guarantee state and local participation in federal decisions on coastal issues that could potentially surface.

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