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2021-02-18 House Journal

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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                                                        
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                                                         

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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.                                                                        
Mike Dunleavy