Lawmakers Hope to Revive Coastal Management Program

Gov. Sean Parnell says he doesn’t plan to introduce legislation setting out a coastal management program during the upcoming session.

Three coastal community leaders are seeking to revive the program and take the issue to the people, in the form of a ballot initiative, if the Legislature doesn’t act. An initiative application has been filed, and if it’s certified, the initiative committee must gather nearly 26,000 signatures.

One of the leaders, Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho, has said the goal is to have 27,000 signatures collected before the start of the legislative session.

Parnell says he intends to let the initiative process play out.

The program, which lets states put conditions over certain activities on federal lands and waters, ended June 30 after lawmakers failed to save it.

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