FYI News briefs & announcements – May 1

‘Reject SB 21’ application approved

Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell certified 13SB21, the referendum application to reject Senate Bill 21 on Alaska’s oil taxes that passed during the legislative session that adjourned April 14.
Treadwell signed the certificate after consultation with the Division of Elections, which determined the application included a sufficient number of sponsor signatures, and the Department of Law, which concluded that the proposed bill is in the proper form under Article XI of the Alaska Constitution and AS 15.45.
The primary sponsors of the petition are Victor Fischer, Bella Hammond, and N. Jim Whitaker, Jr.
Now the Division of Elections will prepare petition booklets for the sponsors to gather signatures from around the state. The petition must be signed by qualified voters at least equal in number to 10 percent of those who voted in the last General Election. Sponsors will need to gather at least 30,169 signatures from qualified voters.
The referendum petition must be filed on or before July 13, 2013.

Town hall meeting with legislators Friday

Rep. Paul Seaton and Sen. Peter Micciche will host a joint town hall meeting this Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the Homer City Council Chambers. 
Residents are invited to discuss any issues with elected state officials. Both legislators will also have open office hours from 2-4:30 p.m. at the new Legislative Information Office on the corner of Pioneer and Bartlett for individual questions. If there are topics that may require prior research, feel free to email your individual questions. 

King appointed to Offices Commission

Kasilof resident Ron King was appointed by the governor to the Alaska Public Offices Commission.
The commission administers laws upholding the public’s right to know the financial affairs of lobbyists and their employers, and of candidates and public officials at the state and municipal level.
King is retired as a transportation planner with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. He previously worked as an environmental conservation manager for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. King is the recipient of the Environmental Merit Award and the Exceptional Service Award from DEC, and the Public Service Award from the Municipality of Anchorage.

Brown Bag meetings continue

The Homer Foundation’s monthly First Friday brown bag investment meetings continue with the next session scheduled for Friday, May 3, at noon. The meetings are held in the Foundation’s Conference Room, located in the lower level of the Kachemak Bay Title Building, at 3773 Ben Walters Lane. 
These meetings cover Homer Foundation investments and investment policy, as well as discussions on the current investment environment. The public is welcome. Call 235-0541 for more information.  

Homer jail prisoner tries escape

A prisoner was caught trying to run out of the Homer Jail when his father came for a visit last week, resulting in new charges added to the felonies that had him locked up. Niko Emile Mogar, 22, was jailed on third-degree assault and evidence charges when on April 24, he allegedly tried to leave the jail. The Community jail officers reported that when Mogar was escorted to the visiting rooms, he ran as soon as they left the cell block.
Earlier in the afternoon, the prisoner allegedly removed metal protection grating from the smoke alarm and pelted it with spit balls. He was charged with second-degree attempted escape, and fourth and fifth degree criminal mischief. He was taken to the Wildwood Pretrial in Kenai.

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