Stand for salmon collects over 40,000 signatures

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The State Division of Elections said the initiative has enough signatures to be on the 2018 ballot.

    The initiative is designed to protect salmon habitat.  Elections officials are reviewing all of the signatures.  The initiative needed just over 32,000 to qualify for the ballot.

    This does not mean the proposition will be on the ballot.  The effort faces a court challenge with the state and a hearing has been set by the Alaska Supreme Court for April.

    Business interests are against the proposal as they say it will bring new and more rigorous environmental and development requirements.

    Lt. Governor Byron Mallott objected to the first petition last fall.  He said it is unconstitutional because it spends state money without being approved by the legislature first.


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