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Coastal program hearing coming

...leaders said they were not clear on what the hearing would be used for, other than to meet the requirement in the new initiative law of having a hearing."The purpose of the meeting is really to satisfy the law," said Rep. Carl Gatto, R-Palmer...
My turn: Alaskans aren't gullible

...Droubay suggests that, "Alaskans had an equitable partnership with the cruise lines," prior to enactment of the initiative law changes in 2006. He concludes that repeal of the initiative substance is justified in order to preserve cruise tourism...
Fine-tune the cruise initiative

...Ranger program, as it will do, unless it is made more workable. If lawmakers can't make reasonable changes in the initiative law, it will be open to amendment two years after enactment, meaning August 2008. By then there will be even more problems...
Judge declares clean-water initiative unconstitutional

...Alaska. The mine has pitted the mine's backers against commercial and sport fisherman and subsistence users. "Initiative law in Alaska requires that the Legislature retain discretion to allocate public assets such as water to all uses, including...
Pollution standards on cruise industry may be a little tight

...from graceful to grudging, but there's no question greener cruising is the norm. Lawmakers should amend the initiative law to allow DEC a little latitude on the two pollutants still at issue. That could be mixing zones - or it could be...


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