Proposition 1 Opposed by Municipalities


Maggie Wall/KMXT

Voters on Tuesday will be asked to decide the fate of an ethics reform measure that the measure’s sponsor has withdrawn support for.

Ballot Measure 1 would prohibit the use of public funds for political campaigns and lobbying.

Supporters call it the Alaska Anti-Corruption Act. Opponents call it the "Gag Law."

The "Yes on One" campaign has suspended it support of the initiative it was championing. Earlier this summer, chairman Dick Randolph said on the group’s website that changes in the ballot’s title by Alaska’s lieutenant governor prompted "Yes on One" to suspend their campaign to promote the measure.

Randolph said the wording changes favored unions and the Alaska Municipal League.

The Alaska Municipal League is meeting this week in Kodiak.

Borough Mayor Jerome Selby is on the AML Board of Directors. He says he’s firmly against banning citizens and volunteers-such as school board members and city council and assembly members-from speaking to legislators about issues affecting the community.

Selby says, if approved, the Ballot Measure 1 would also silence contractors and others who do business with the state.

((Prop 1 1 1:05 "Here’s how stupid…trying to do."))

Selby says a similar measure has already been found to be unconstitutional in Colorado:

((Prop 1 2 :45 "It bothers me….is disgusting."))

Opponents of Ballot Measure 1 include a long list of divergent groups including the AML, many individual cities and towns, the AARP Alaska, and a number of different unions.

The primary election is next Tuesday.

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