Bill would change voting requirements on consolidation

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Municipal mergers could need more voter support under a bill approved by House on Friday.

House Bill 296 would require proposals to merge or consolidate municipalities to be approved by a majority of voters in each area.

Currently such mergers only require approval of a majority of voters in the overall affected area.

The measure also sets a time limit on gathering signatures on a merger or consolidation petition. Signatures must be gathered within one year.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Jim Whitaker, R-Fairbanks, passed the House 36-0.

It now goes to the Senate.

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