Lt. Governor Announces ACMP Initiative Hearings

Coastal Management Initiative Hearing Schedule Announced
Lt. Governor Treadwell to hold hearings in ten communities

June 4, 2012, Anchorage, AK – Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell announced today his schedule for ten hearings around the state on a ballot proposal to establish a new Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP).

The hearings will be the first required under a new law passed by the Alaska Legislature in 2010. Alaska Statute 15.45.195 requires the lieutenant governor to hold at least eight hearings up to 30 days before the election in which an initiative is to appear on the ballot, with at least two hearings in each of Alaska’s four judicial districts. The ACMP initiative will appear on the August 28th primary ballot.

“I am taking this law seriously and plan to attend each one of these hearings personally,” said Treadwell. “We are working to make sure that some of these hearings can take telephone testimony, as the legislature does, so they will be accessible to all. Alaskans will have their opportunity to debate the issue.”

By law each hearing must include the written or oral testimony of one supporter and one opponent of the initiative.

The hearing schedule is as follows:

Monday, July 2
Kenai/Soldotna
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers
144 North Binkley Street, Soldotna
4pm-7pm

Tuesday, July 3
Barrow
Inupiat Heritage Center
5421 North Star Street
4pm-7pm

Monday, July 9
Anchorage (Statewide Teleconference)
Anchorage Legislative Information Office
714 West 4th Avenue, Suite 220
9am-12pm
Monday, July 9
Wasilla
Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center
1001 South Mack Drive
5pm-8pm

Tuesday, July 10
Kotzebue
Kotzebue Alaska National Guard Armory
605 3rd Avenue
11am-2pm

Wednesday, July 11
Fairbanks
Fairbanks North Star Borough Council Chambers
809 Pioneer Road
4pm-7pm

Thursday, July 12
Kodiak
Kodiak High School Commons
917 Rezanof East
4pm-7pm

Monday, July 23
Bethel
Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center
420 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway
4pm-7pm

Wednesday, July 25
Ketchikan
White Cliff Building Assembly Chambers
1900 First Avenue, Suite 144
4pm-7pm

Thursday, July 26
Juneau
The Assembly Chambers
155 South Seward Street
4pm-7pm

The ACMP program that expired July 1, 2011 was administered by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. The ballot initiative, which can be found at http://ltgov.state.ak.us/pdfs/elections/initiatives/2011/11ACMP.pdf, seeks to recreate the program to be managed by the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.