Ballot proposition likely

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Sponsors of a ballot initiative to strip state lawmakers of their expense pay if they don't pass a budget on time beat the deadline to turn in signatures.

    The group "Alaskans For Integrity" submitted petition booklets Friday to the division of elections, ahead of the start of the legislative session tomorrow.
    One of the group's co-founders, Anchorage representative Jason Grenn, said the main purpose of "Alaska government accountability Act" is to cut off per diem for House and Senate members if they take longer than the regular 90-day session to pass a budget -- as happened last year.

    Grenn, a registered independent, led the petition drive along with representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins of Sitka, a democrat, and republican activist Bonnie Jack of Anchorage.
    If approved by voters, the initiative would also require lawmakers to declare conflicts of interest involving themselves or family members and to prove that publicly-funded overseas trips have a legitimate purpose.

    It would also restrict lobbyists from buying food and drink for lawmakers and ban corporations with significant foreign ownership from spending on election campaigns.


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