Governor Parnell signs initiative legislation into law

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June 15, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

JUNEAU, Alaska: Governor Sean Parnell signed into law the only piece of initiative legislation that was considered during the 2009-2010 legislative session[1].

The Governor signed into law House Bill 36, sponsored by House Majority Leader Kyle Johansen. The new law that will go into effect for the November general election will require any individual or group who spends $500 or more to influence an initiative to register with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The new law requires registration before a initiative qualified for the ballot[1][2]. Rep. Johansen's intent for the bill is to let citizens know who is financing groups in support or opposition of a ballot measure in the early stages of the election[1].

Other requirements of the bill include that there must be public hearings for qualified ballot initiatives and all measures presented to the voters must be of a single subject[2].

The bill was approved by the Alaska House on a 36-0-4 vote on April 18, 2010 and the Senate on a 19-1 vote on the same day[3].

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