HB 296: "An Act relating to mergers and consolidations of municipalities."

00 HOUSE BILL NO. 296 01 "An Act relating to mergers and consolidations of municipalities." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 29.06.100(a) is amended to read: 04 (a) Residents of two or more municipalities may file a merger or consolidation 05 petition with the department. The petition must be signed during a period that does 06 not exceed 365 consecutive days by a number of voters of each existing municipality 07 equal to at least 25 percent of the number of votes cast in each municipality's last 08 regular election. 09 * Sec. 2. AS 29.06.140(a) is amended to read: 10 (a) The Local Boundary Commission shall immediately notify the director of 11 elections of its acceptance of a merger or consolidation petition. Within 30 days after 12 notification, the director of elections shall order an election in the area to be included 13 in the new municipality to determine whether the voters desire merger or 14 consolidation. The election shall be held not less than 30 or more than 90 days after 15 the election order. A voter who is a resident of the area to be included in the proposed

01 municipality may vote. If a majority of the votes in each of the municipalities 02 proposed to be merged or consolidated favors the merger or consolidation, the 03 proposal is approved. 04 * Sec. 3. AS 29.06.140(b) is amended to read: 05 (b) A question involving a service area required to be submitted to voters 06 under AS 29.35.450 or 29.35.490 may not be part of the merger or consolidation 07 petition submitted under AS 29.06.100 or part of the merger or consolidation 08 question. A home rule charter in a merger or consolidation petition submitted under 09 AS 29.06.100(b)(5) is part of the merger or consolidation question. The charter is 10 adopted if the voters approve the merger or consolidation. The director of elections 11 shall supervise the election in the general manner prescribed by AS 15 (Election 12 Code). The state shall pay all election costs.