With 25,000 signatures, coastal management initiative headed for ballot

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch


According to The Associated Press, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell says an initiative to establish a coastal management program in Alaska seems to have qualified for this year's ballot. Whether the measure appears on the primary or general election ballot depends on when the Legislature adjourns, and whether lawmakers pass "substantially similar" legislation, which would pre-empt the initiative. 

The petition needed at least 25,875 qualified signatures, from at least 30 of the 40 legislative districts, to qualifiy. Treadwell's office says the Division of Elections determined Wednesday that the petition had met the threshold but signatures are still being reviewed.

Bruce Botelho, a leader of the initiative effort, says he hopes the Legislature will now add coastal management to its agenda this session.