three coastal Alaska politicians basically sent an ultimatum to the State of
Alaska: reinstitute the Coastal Management Program, or the people will.
Mayor Bruce Bothello, former Homer Mayor - now Kenai Peninsula Assemblyman,
Mako Haggarty, and Kodiak Island Borough Mayor Jerome Selby delivered a
petition to the Lieutenant Governor seeking to put the question on next fall's
statewide ballot. Selby says that if the Legislature and the Governor can't
come to agreement in the upcoming session, he hopes the voters of Alaska will
reinstate the program, which ended this summer.
-- (Coastal Zone 1 27 sec "We're
basically saying, ‘Look ...' ... on us with no input.")
the Coastal Management program came from Governor Sean Parnell and some members
of the State House. Selby says the differences that kept the program from
passing were minor - arguments over whether science or local knowledge should
take precedence in making decisions. Selby says both should be used.
Senate passed a bill renewing the program during a special session earlier this
year, but despite having an agreement in place with the House, that body failed
to pass it. In addition, the governor threatened to veto the reauthorization if
it passed. Kodiak's Gary Stevens, the Senate president, says the threat of the
question going before voters might spur opponents into action:
-- (Coastal Zone 2 34 sec "Well
I sure hope so ... avenues that could possibly work.")
the opponents claim there are other ways for the state to have input on coastal
development, such as litigating projects that are disagreeable:
-- (Coastal Zone 3 32 sec "But
what's left out of that ... from our perspective.")
the ballot question strategy was developed through the Alaska Municipal League
over the summer, after lobbying failed to get results during the regular, and
then special, sessions of the Legislature. Alaska is the only coastal state
without a Coastal Zone Management Program.