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SJR 6: Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska authorizing the use of the initiative to amend the Constitution of the State of Alaska by approval of two-thirds of the votes cast on the proposed amendment.

00 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 6                                                                                           
01 Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska authorizing the                                         
02 use of the initiative to amend the Constitution of the State of Alaska by                                               
03 approval of two-thirds of the votes cast on the proposed amendment.                                                     
04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                               
05    * Section 1.  Article XI, sec. 1, Constitution of the State of Alaska, is amended to read:                           
06  SECTION 1.  INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM.  The people may propose                                                        
07 and enact constitutional amendments and laws by the initiative, and approve or reject                                 
08 acts of the legislature by the referendum.                                                                              
09    * Sec. 2.  Article XI, sec. 2, Constitution of the State of Alaska, is amended to read:                              
10  SECTION 2.  APPLICATION.  An initiative or referendum is proposed by an                                               
11 application containing the constitutional amendment or proposed law [BILL] to be                                      
12 initiated or the act to be referred.  The application shall be signed by not less than one                              
13 hundred qualified voters as sponsors, and shall be filed with the lieutenant governor.                                  
14 The lieutenant governor shall certify the application if it is [IF HE FINDS IT] in                                    
01 proper form [HE SHALL SO CERTIFY].  Denial of certification shall be subject to                                         
02 judicial review.                                                                                                        
03    * Sec. 3.  Article XI, sec. 4, Constitution of the State of Alaska, is amended to read:                              
04  SECTION 4.  INITIATIVE ELECTION.  An initiative petition may be filed                                                 
05 at any time.  The lieutenant governor shall prepare a ballot title and proposition                                      
06 summarizing the proposed constitutional amendment or law, and shall place them                                        
07 on the ballot for the first statewide election held more than one hundred twenty days                                   
08 after adjournment of the legislative session following the filing.  If, before the election,                            
09 substantially the same constitutional amendment has been proposed by the                                               
10 legislature or substantially the same law [MEASURE] has been enacted, the petition                                     
11 is void.                                                                                                                
12    * Sec. 4.  Article XI, sec. 6, Constitution of the State of Alaska, is amended to read:                              
13  SECTION 6.  DISPOSITION OF PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL                                                                   
14 AMENDMENT OR LAW OR OF ACT REFERRED.  (a)   [ENACTMENT.  IF                                                          
15 A MAJORITY OF THE VOTES CAST ON THE PROPOSITION FAVOR ITS                                                               
16 ADOPTION, THE INITIATED MEASURE IS ENACTED.  IF A MAJORITY OF                                                         
17 THE VOTES CAST ON THE PROPOSITION FAVOR THE REJECTION OF AN                                                             
18 ACT REFERRED, IT IS REJECTED.]  The lieutenant governor shall certify the                                               
19 returns of an election conducted under Section 4 or 5 of this article [RETURNS].                                    
20  (b)  If two-thirds of the votes cast on a proposed constitutional                                                    
21 amendment favor its adoption, the proposed amendment becomes effective.  An                                             
22 initiated constitutional amendment becomes effective thirty days after the                                              
23 certification of the election returns by the lieutenant governor.                                                       
24  (c)  If a majority of the votes cast on a proposed law favors its enactment,                                          
25 the proposed law is enacted.  An initiated law becomes effective ninety days after                                     
26 the certification of the election returns by the lieutenant governor, is not subject to                             
27 veto, [AND] may not be repealed by the legislature within two years of its effective                                    
28 date, and [.  IT] may be amended at any time.                                                                         
29  (d)  If a majority of the votes cast on an act referred favors the rejection                                         
30 of the act referred, the act is rejected.  An act rejected by referendum is void thirty                                
31 days after certification of the election returns by the lieutenant governor.                                          
01  (e)  Additional procedures for the initiative and referendum may be prescribed                                      
02 by law.                                                                                                                 
03    * Sec. 5.  Article XIII, sec. 1, Constitution of the State of Alaska, is amended to read:                            
04  SECTION 1.  AMENDMENTS PROPOSED BY LEGISLATURE.                                                                     
05 Amendments to this constitution may be proposed by a two-thirds vote of each house                                      
06 of the legislature.  The lieutenant governor shall prepare a ballot title and proposition                               
07 summarizing each [PROPOSED] amendment proposed by the legislature, and shall                                          
08 place them on the ballot for the next general election.  If a majority of the votes cast                                
09 on the proposition favors [FAVOR] the amendment, it shall be adopted.  Unless                                         
10 otherwise provided in the amendment, it becomes effective thirty days after the                                         
11 certification of the election returns by the lieutenant governor.  Amendments to this                                  
12 constitution may also be proposed by the initiative under Article XI.                                                  
13    * Sec. 6.  The amendments proposed by this resolution shall be placed before the voters of                           
14 the state at the next general election in conformity with art. XIII, sec. 1, Constitution of the                        
15 State of Alaska, and the election laws of the state.