With less than three weeks remaining in the legislative session, it’s looking unlikely lawmakers will pass a bill to re-establish the Alaska Coastal Management Program.
A citizens’ initiative setting up program has been approved for a statewide vote later this year. But lawmakers could pre-empt the measure with "substantially similar" legislation.
Kodiak Republican Alan Austerman – the House Majority Leader – introduced a bill that closely mirrors the initiative. But Austerman says he’s aware some House members oppose legislative action on the coastal management issue. Read more here.