Legislative move backers say they have the signatures

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2001

A group pushing a measure to move the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has more than enough signatures to get the question on the 2002 ballot, according to a spokeswoman.

Alaskans for Efficient Government has collected 35,000 signatures 6,000 more than the 29,000 needed to put the measure before voters, said Karen Bretz, spokeswoman for the group.

"We could probably turn the petition booklets in tomorrow and have some chance of making the ballot," said Bretz in a press release. "But we want to make sure that we have enough valid signatures so we are shooting for 40,000."

The group must turn in roughly 29,000 signatures of registered voters by Jan. 14 to qualify the measure for the 2002 statewide ballot. Bretz said they plan to submit the signatures to the lieutenant governor's office for certification the first week of January.

Juneau's John Hartle, who serves on the Alaska Committee, was not surprised the group apparently had collected enough signatures.

"The capital move has been on the ballot seven times," said Hartle, who has fought many similar efforts. "Here we go again."

Kathy Dye can be reached at kdye@juneauempire.com.

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