Session-move petition hits temporary snag

Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2001

The sponsor of a measure to move legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has withdrawn an application for an initiative petition, but plans to resubmit it this week.

Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer certified the application June 8, then withdrew certification after state attorneys found problems with language in the measure, said attorney Sarah Felix, of the state Department of Law.

A five-page memo from the state Division of Legal and Research Services outlines more than a dozen technical problems with the language. Mark Chryson, sponsor of the measure, called the problems "typos."

The application "should be resubmitted on Monday with the typos corrected," said Chryson, chairman of the Alaskan Independence Party.

If the revised application is certified, the state will issue signature booklets to the group, which calls itself Alaskans for Efficient Government. Sponsors would have to collect 28,783 signatures by Jan. 14 to get the question on the 2002 statewide ballot.

The measure seeks to move regular and special sessions to the Mat-Su Borough or Anchorage, if suitable facilities were not available in Mat-Su. It also would repeal a provision in current law requiring voter approval before the state spends money to move legislative sessions out of Juneau.

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