CSHB 296(CRA): "An Act relating to mergers and consolidations of municipalities."

00 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 296(CRA) 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.