Alaska Land-And-Shoot Referendum, Measure 6 (2000)

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The Alaska Land-And-Shoot Referendum, referred to on the ballot as Ballot Measure 6, was on the November 7, 2000 election ballot in Alaska.

Ballot Measure 6 was a veto referendum seeking to overturn a law recently passed by the Alaska State Legislature that allowed hunters to use airplanes to land and shoot wolves on the same day they fly. Gaining 53% of the vote meant that 53% of voters vetoed the recently-enacted legislation.

Election results

Alaska Land-And-Shoot Referendum, Measure 6
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 147,408 53.5%
No127,88346.5%

Results from the Alaska State Government.[1]

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Voters are asked to either approve or reject a law allowing hunters to use airplanes to land and shoot wolves on the same day they fly. The law allows any person with a hunting or trapping license to land and shoot in areas established by the Board of Game. No additional permit may be required. The law also allows the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to use agents, as well as employees, to engage in same day airborne shooting of wolves. A yes vote rejects the law. A no vote approves the law.

History

In 1996, Alaska voters approved an initiative which banned land-and-shoot wolf hunting. The initiative was overturned in the 2000 legislative session with the passage of SB 267. Measure 6 sought to overturn the Legislature's action, thus re-enacting the ban on land-and-shoot wolf hunting.[2]

Use of veto referenda in Alaska

Alaskan wolf

The 2000 referendum was the third time Alaskans used their right of veto referendum. They used it first in 1968, with the Voter Registration Referendum, and again in 1976, with the Compensation and Retirement Referendum.

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