There will be at least two initiatives on the ballot when Alaska voters head to the polls this fall. The sponsors of both the Clean Water Act and Clean Elections campaign each turned in their completed forms to the state this afternoon in Anchorage. The Clean Water Act intends to block new metal mines from dumping pollutants into salmon streams, and would ban the use of cyanide, sulfuric acid, and other chemicals in those watersheds. The “clean elections” initiative would create state-funded elections, limiting the influence of corporations and individuals who are able to make large donations to candidates. Either bill will become law with at least 50% of the popular vote this fall.
David Shurtleff, APRN – Anchorage