Anchorage residents to take non-binding vote on subsistence

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage voters will weigh in on the subsistence debate with a non-binding ballot question included on the city's April 2 municipal ballot.

The Assembly voted 6-4 Tuesday to include a question asking voters whether they want the state Legislature to put a constitutional amendment on subsistence before voters in the November general election.

Federal law gives rural Alaskans a subsistence hunting and fishing priority while the state guarantees all Alaskans equal access to the state's resources. The Legislature has been deadlocked on proposals to change the constitution to comply with federal law.

Assemblyman Allan Tesche, who voted in favor of the ballot question, said the subsistence issue is important to all Alaskans and the Assembly has a right to have its say.

Assemblyman Dan Sullivan, who voted against it, said he couldn't think of a single legislator who would change his vote on the issue.

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