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Municipal Elections
Sponsor Statement for Senate Bill 14
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Released:
February 7, 2005
Updated:
February 19, 2012


"An Act relating to municipal initiative and referendum elections. "


"The Alaska Municipal League and numerous municipal governments support this bill."
- Sen. Gary Stevens

 

SB 14 was introduced specifically to help local governments avoid costly special initiative elections and referendums brought forward by the public. In many cases, these measures are not so pressing in nature that they could not wait for the regular municipal election.

Special Elections are costly and generally result in a lower voter turnout than the regular election. In a recent year the Fairbanks North Star Borough had over 40 petitions filed in a period of 4 months. Although these petitions resulted in only one special election (at a cost of over $60,000), there was a potential for many more special elections at great cost to the municipality.

SB 14 may result in cost savings to municipalities who could choose to wait until the next regular election, typically in October, to consider an issue. This legislation would give the municipal governing body the option of calling a special election if the Council or Assembly wished to have the initiative and referendum considered in a timelier manner.

The Alaska Municipal League and numerous municipal governments support this bill. I ask for your support of this important measure.

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