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Proposal to elect attorney general advances

Posted: March 28, 2014 - 12:12am

JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee has advanced a proposed constitutional amendment that would make the state attorney general an elected, rather than appointed, position.

Proposed constitutional changes require a two-thirds vote in each the House and Senate before qualifying for the ballot. That means HJR18 would need at least 27 votes in the House.

Under the proposal, a person would not be eligible to serve as attorney general unless that person is an active member of the state bar association. The proposal also lays out terms for filling a vacancy.

A person could not serve as attorney general for more than two straight terms.

The measure’s sponsor is Republican Rep. Bill Stoltze. He has argued that having an elected attorney general would make that person accountable to the people of Alaska.

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