Legislature(1999 - 2000)

03/03/1999 01:05 PM RES

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HJR 3 - CONST. AM: WILDLIFE INITIATIVES                                                                                         
Number 0086                                                                                                                     
CO-CHAIR OGAN announced the committee would hear House Joint                                                                    
Resolution No. 3, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the                                                             
State of Alaska relating to initiatives regarding natural resources                                                             
belonging to the state.  He asked whether the sponsor had anything                                                              
to add to the previous discussion.                                                                                              
Number 0097                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE CON BUNDE, Alaska State Legislature, sponsor,                                                                    
reiterated that it is appropriate to raise the bar so that any                                                                  
initiative addressing Alaska's resources will more closely reflect                                                              
the will of the majority of Alaskans, keeping in mind the public                                                                
need to address government through the initiative process.  He said                                                             
this resolution offers a compromise that does both.                                                                             
CO-CHAIR OGAN asked whether there were questions, other testimony                                                               
or comments from the committee.  He said he would not hold the                                                                  
resolution up but would probably be recommending an amendment, as                                                               
HJR 3 doesn't address getting these issues on the ballot.  The big                                                              
issue for the current committee is whether this is appropriate for                                                              
the resources of the state.  However, questions regarding whether                                                               
it is the best approach legally, what precedents there are, or                                                                  
whether this is likely to be found constitutional by the Alaska                                                                 
Supreme Court would more appropriately be decided in the House                                                                  
Judiciary Standing Committee.                                                                                                   
Number 0365                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN HARRIS made a motion to move HJR 3 out of                                                                   
committee with individual recommendations and the attached fiscal                                                               
note(s).  There being no objection, HJR 3 moved from the House                                                                  
Resources Standing Committee.                                                                                                   

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