Coastal management proposal hearings set
Hearings on the ballot proposal to establish a new Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP), Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell announced last week.
The ACMP program that expired July 1 was administered by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. The ballot initiative, which can be found at ltgov.state.ak.us/pdfs/elections/initiatives/2011/11ACMP.pdf, seeks to recreate the program to be managed by the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.
The hearings are the first required under a new law passed by the Alaska Legislature in 2010. Alaska Statute 15.45.195 requires that the lieutenant governor hold at least eight hearings up to 30 days before the election in which an initiative is to appear on the ballot, with at least two hearings in each of Alaska’s four judicial districts. The ACMP initiative will appear on the Aug. 28 primary ballot.
“I am taking this law seriously and plan to attend each one of these hearings personally,” said Treadwell. “We are working to make sure that some of these hearings can take telephone testimony, as the legislature does, so they will be accessible to all. Alaskans will have their opportunity to debate the issue.”
By law each hearing must include the written or oral testimony of one supporter and one opponent of the initiative.
The hearing scheduled in Bethel is 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, 420 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway.
Other hearings are:
Kenai/Soldotna, 4-7 p.m. Monday, July 2, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers, 144 N. Binkley St., Soldotna.
Anchorage (with statewide teleconference), 9 a.m.-noon Monday, July 9, Anchorage Legislative Information Office, 714 W. Fourth Ave., Suite 220.
Wasilla, 5-8 p.m. Monday, July 9, Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center, 1001 S. Mack Drive.
Kotzebue, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, Kotzebue Alaska National Guard Armory, 605 Third Ave.
Fairbanks, 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, Fairbanks North Star Borough Council Chambers, 809 Pioneer Road.
Kodiak, 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, Kodiak High School Commons, 917 Rezanof East.
Barrow, 4-7 p.m. Monday, July 23, Inupiat Heritage Center, 5421 North Star St.
Ketchikan, noon-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, White Cliff Building Assembly Chambers, 1900 First Ave., Suite 144.
Juneau, 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 26, The Assembly Chambers, 155 S. Seward St.