JUNEAU (AP) The Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill to give local governments the option to avoid special elections on voter initiatives.
The intent of the bill is to help small governments and communities avoid the cost of holding special elections and referendums, said Senate Majority Leader Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, the bill's sponsor.
The bill is SB14.
It passed the Senate 16-0 and now goes to the House for consideration.
Current law requires an initiative be placed before voters within 75 days of being certified. If a regular election is not scheduled in that time, a special election has to be held, the law says.
Stevens' bill would give governments the option of holding a special elections if ''the governing body determines it is in the best interest of the municipality.''
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