Town meeting on legislative move tonight

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2002

JUNEAU - Alaska Committee organizers are reminding residents about tonight's town meeting to raise awareness about Ballot Measure 2, the legislative-move initiative on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The meeting is 5 to 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

Those attending will be asked to write postcards to family and friends, urging them to vote no on the ballot measure. The Alaska Committee will provide postcards and postage and asks people to bring names and addresses.

Speakers will include Jim Calvin of the McDowell Group, who will talk about how a legislative move and a capital move would hurt the economies of Juneau and Southeast Alaska. Win Gruening, chairman of the Alaska Committee, will outline what is being done to defeat the proposal. Jamie Parsons, executive director of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Fairbanks-based FRANK Committee, will explain why Juneau needs to have a high voter turnout.

If approved by voters, the ballot measure will move the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough starting in 2005. If suitable facilities were not available, lawmakers would meet in Anchorage. The measure also would repeal the requirement that voters be informed of and vote on the costs of a legislative move.

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