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==Duties==
 
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The Lieutenant Governor has jurisdiction over state election laws, ensuring uniform implementation throughout the state.   This includes local and regional elections in the unorganized borough.  The Lieutenant Governor also qualifies statewide and state district candidates and ballot [[initiative|initiatives]], and publishes the official state voter-information pamphlet.  She also is responsible for registration record of 400,000 Alaskans.  
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The Lieutenant Governor has jurisdiction over state election laws, ensuring uniform implementation throughout the state. This includes local and regional elections in the unorganized borough.  The Lieutenant Governor also qualifies statewide and state district candidates and ballot [[initiative|initiatives]], and publishes the official state voter-information pamphlet.  She also is responsible for registration record of 400,000 Alaskans.  
  
 
Other duties include:
 
Other duties include:
  
Oversight of the '''Division of Elections''', Oversight, review and filing of Administrative Regulations, Commissioning and Oversight of Alaska's Notaries Public, Oversight of the use of the State of Alaska Seal, Publishing and distribution of the Alaska Constitution  
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===The initiative process===
 
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==Contact==
 
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Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell<br>
 
Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell<br>

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Alaska Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $1,182,600
Term limits:  2 terms
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Alaska Constitution, Article III, Section 7
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Mead Treadwell
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  December 6, 2010
Compensation:  $100,000
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Alaska is an elected Constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Alaska. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms. The same individual may not be elected lieutenant governor again until one complete four year term has passed.

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 13th current lieutenant governor is Mead Treadwell, a Republican elected in 2010. Treadwell's term will expire in December 2014 and he will be subject to re-election in November of that year.

Before becoming lieutenant governor, Treadwell served on the United States Arctic Research Commission, having been appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001. He also worked as Chairman and CEO of Venture Ad Astra, an Anchorage technology firm specializing in geospatial imaging. Treadwell has also worked as a political reporter for the Anchorage Times and, after entering the energy industry, director of spill response during the Exxon Valdez oil spill crisis. He was also Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation under Governor Wally Hickell.

Treadwell earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his late wife, Carol, have three children.

Authority

The Constitution of Alaska addresses the office of the lieutenant governor in Article III, the Executive.

Alaska Constitution, Article III, Section 7

There shall be a lieutenant governor. He shall have the same qualifications as the governor and serve for the same term...

Qualifications

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Per Article III, Section 7 of the Alaska Constitution, the lieutenant governor must meet the same qualifications as the governor. This means he or she may not hold any Federal office or any state office in Alaska concurrently with his lieutenant gubernatorial term. Per Article III, Section 2, the lieutenant governor must be at least 30 years old, a qualified voter in Alaska, and have been both an American citizen and a resident of Alaska for a minimum of seven years on election day.

Alaska Constitution, Article III, Section 7

There shall be a lieutenant governor. He shall have the same qualifications as the governor and serve for the same term. He shall perform such duties as may be prescribed by law and as may be delegated to him by the governor.

Alaska Constitution, Article III, Section 2

The governor shall be at least thirty years of age and a qualified voter of the State. He shall have been a resident of Alaska at least seven years immediately preceding his filing for office, and he shall have been a citizen of the United States for at least seven years.

Alaska Constitution, Article III, Section 6

The governor shall not hold any other office or position of profit under the United States, the State, or its political subdivisions.

Elections

See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

Alaska elects lieutenant lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Alaska, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for noon on the first Monday in December following the election. Thus, December 6, 2010 and December 1, 2014 are inaugural days.

Term limits

Lieutenant governors of Alaska may only hold two successive terms and must be out of office for another full term before being able to run again.

Full History


Vacancies

Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article III, Sections 13.

The Constitution forbids electing a lieutenant governor separately from a governor. Aside from that point, it is left to statute to lay out the line of succession.

Duties

Click here to view larger-scale image of the Alaska Lt. Governor's Office organizational chart as of May 21, 2013.

The Lieutenant Governor has jurisdiction over state election laws, ensuring uniform implementation throughout the state. This includes local and regional elections in the unorganized borough. The Lieutenant Governor also qualifies statewide and state district candidates and ballot initiatives, and publishes the official state voter-information pamphlet. She also is responsible for registration record of 400,000 Alaskans.

Other duties include:

  • Oversight of the Division of Elections
  • Oversight, review and filing of Administrative Regulations
  • Commissioning and Oversight of Alaska's Notaries Public
  • Oversight of the use of the State of Alaska Seal, Publishing and distribution of the Alaska Constitution

The initiative process

Overview

Any member of the public may propose a ballot issue in Alaska. There are certain steps that must be followed in order to get the issue on the ballot, and these steps are regulated by the Lieutenant Governor. The process that a citizen must follow is examined in detail here: Alaska Initiative Law.

All proposals of ballot measures are submitted to the Lieutenant Governor. This includes the proposed text of the ballot issue, the names and identification information of the 3 prime sponsors, the names and identification information of an additional 100 sponsors, and the proposed bill. The Lieutenant Governor then forwards the proposal to the Legislative Services Division. The Department of Law submits an opinion on the contest of the ballot and the Lieutenant Governor will certify the bill and submit an advised course of action for the bill.

If the ballot is accepted, the Division of Elections will print 500 petition booklets and distribute these booklets to the sponsors of the ballot. This is when additional circulators may be approved by the Lieutenant Governor for the ballot drive. The sponsors must file with the Lieutenant Governor within one year of receiving approval of the state and when filed the Lieutenant Governor must review the petition within 60 days.

The citizen initiative is an important part of Alaska’s political system. It allows Alaskans to write and approve certain laws directly, without going through the legislative process.

However, it is important to understand the constitutional and statutory limits placed on initiatives:

Process

The Alaska Constitution cannot be altered or amended by initiative. Article XIII states the Constitution may be amended only by the Legislature or through a constitutional convention.

Only certain types of laws can be passed by initiative. According to the Constitution, Article XI, Section 7, Initiatives cannot:

  • Dedicate revenues;
  • Make or repeal appropriations;
  • Create courts;
  • Define the jurisdiction of courts or prescribe their rules;
  • Enact local or special legislation.

The Lieutenant Governor forwards all initiative applications to the Division of Elections and to the Department of Law for a reviews of their form and subject. An application in proper form is one that meets all of the technical requirements of the law, which include:

The names, mailing addresses, numerical identifiers, and signatures of three prime sponsors with a statement that they are the initiative committee representing all sponsors of the initiative.

  • The printed name, signature, address, and a numerical identifier of not fewer than 100 sponsors. A voter's numerical identifier is one of the following: date of birth, last four digits of social security number, driver's license number, Alaska identification card number, or voter identification card number. Prime and other sponsors must be qualified Alaska voters.

The text of the proposed law.
If the application is in proper form and the subject is also legal, the Department of Law will recommend that I certify the application. The legal analysis of the proposed law may be fairly simple or it can be lengthy and complex, depending on the subject. It is important to note that the Department of Law drafts opinions for the Lieutenant Governor, who must make the final determination on the status of initiative petition applications.

Given the amount of time initiative sponsors must put into the effort of getting an initiative on the ballot, a thorough review process provides sponsors with some assurance that their efforts, if challenged in court, would meet the basic requirements for initiatives.

Divisions

Division of Elections

The Division of Elections oversees voter registration, absentee voting and candidate filing. Additionally, they provide information to voters about election results, elected officials and other election related materials.


Notary Public Office

The Notary Public Office oversees the all notary public applications and complaints against notaries public.


State budget

The budget for the Lieutenant Governor's Office in Fiscal Year 2014 is $1,182,600.[1]

Compensation

See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Alaska Lieutenant Governor was paid an estimated $115,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term.

History

The position did not exist prior to statehood of Alaska, though the territorial-era Secretary of Alaska was somewhat analogous. Prior to August 25, 1970, the position was referred to as Secretary of State, but was functionally identical.

Historical officeholders

There have been 13 Lieutenant Governors of Alaska since 1959. Of the 13 officeholders, 8 were Republican, 4 were Democrat and 1 was Alaskan Independence.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Recent news

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Contact

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell
PO Box 110015
Juneau, AK 99811
Phone: (907) 465-3520

See also

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