by Lori Tipton
Monday, February 22, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A bill that could change the ballot initiative process in Alaska is making its way through the legislature.
House Bill 36 was the topic of discussion at the Anchorage Chamber's Make it Monday forum this week.
Industry leaders spoke in favor of the bill that claims to create an open and transparent process, but opponents say it would make it harder for individual Alaskans to enact legislation that concerns them.
At the luncheon, industry leaders with oil and gas, mining and cruising gathered to talk about their support for the bill, which would make changes to ballot initiatives.
"Everything gets distilled down to who has the cutest bumper sticker," said Ralph Samuels, with Holland America Cruise Line.
The bill would hold guidelines similar to those imposed upon elected officials.
During the process to get an initiative on the ballot, individuals and groups who financially contribute to initiative campaigns would be required to disclose who they are and how much they spend.