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2021-02-18 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2021-02-18 House Journal Page 0108 HJR 8 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor: Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to prohibiting the establishment of a state tax without the approval of the voters of the state; and relating to the initiative process. was read the first time and referred to the State Affairs, Judiciary, and Finance Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Zero, Office of the Governor The Governor's transmittal letter dated January 19 follows: "Dear Chief Clerk: Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a resolution to amend the Constitution of the State of Alaska, Article IX, Section 1 and Article XI, Section 6. The proposed amendment would provide that any law establishing a state tax shall not take effect absent a vote of the majority of the voters of the state. Additionally, the amendment would require that any voter initiative establishing a state tax would not take effect unless approved by the legislature. I'm proposing this measure as the most effective means of involving Alaskans in the decisions to levy taxes to pay for State services. This 2021-02-18 House Journal Page 0109 proposal preserves the legislature's taxing authority while also recognizing the people's voice as exercised through the ballot box. This amendment would be placed before the voters at the next state general election. I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely, /s/ Mike Dunleavy Governor"