Initiative to protect Alaska salmon habitat on track to make ballot

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Division of Elections says an initiative aimed at protecting salmon habitat has cleared a significant hurdle on its track to making a November state election ballot.

The Juneau Empire reports that the division recently said it is currently reviewing each of Stand for Salmon’s 43,706 signatures. To pass the review, Stand for Salmon needs only 32,127 signatures or 10 percent of those who voted in the previous general election.

As of last week, 38,694 signatures were verified.

The initiative would create a more stringent permitting process for development projects on salmon habitat in Alaska.

Opponents say the initiative is bad for business, while supporters say they’re streamlining a 60-year-old law in an attempt to protect Alaska salmon.

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