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PUBLISHED: 4:15 PM on Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Water, mining initiative certified
Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell certified an initiative related to water quality standards on new large-scale mining operations.

The lieutenant governor certified that the bill and application were in proper form, allowing the sponsors to proceed with gathering signatures required to place the measure on the ballot.

The initiative, known as 07WTR3, was the sponsors' third attempt at certification.

Earlier initiative applications were denied certification because they contained unconstitutional appropriations of state resources. The initiative sponsors made corresponding revisions to this third application.

Lieutenant Governor Parnell's decision to certify the third initiative was supported by a Department of Law legal opinion dated Oct. 17, which concluded that the application complies with the constitutional and statutory provisions governing the use of the initiative.

Also, the opinion indicates that the changes made to the third application remove the provision that was believed to be an impermissible appropriation.

Petition booklets will be prepared by the Division of Elections and distributed to the sponsors of the initiative.

The sponsors will have one year to collect at least 23,831 signatures from qualified voters over 30 election districts in order for the proposed bill to be placed on a ballot.

The Department of Law's legal opinion is available online at http://ltgov.state.ak.us/PDFs/07WTR3opinion.pdf.

The lieutenant governor's letter to the initiative's sponsors is available at http://ltgov.state.ak.us/PDFs/07WTR3letter.pdf.

The Division of Elections' memorandum is available online at http://ltgov.state.ak.us/PDFs/07WTR3elections.pdf.


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