Alaska Stand For Salmon Measure Will Be On November Ballot

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Alaska’s controversial Measure 1 that’s meant to provide protection for salmon habitat but has plenty of opposition,   will be on the November ballot after an Alaska Supreme Court ruling. But there’s a catch as the Anchorage Daily News reports:

Alaska’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Stand for Salmon initiative contains unconstitutional sections that can be removed so voters in November can still decide on the measure designed to enhance protections for salmon and other fish.

“We conclude that the initiative would encroach on the discretion over allocation decisions delegated to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game by the legislature, and that the initiative as written therefore effects an unconstitutional appropriation,” the court said in a 48-page decision.

The lieutenant governor, who oversees Alaska elections, must remove the “offending sections” and place the remainder of the initiative on the ballot, the court said in reversing a Superior Court ruling.

Stand for Salmon released a lengthy statement on the ruling, Here’s some social media reaction and links: