October 11, 2003
The initiative petition is sponsored by Joseph Geldhof, Gershon Cohen and Norman Sarabia. If adopted the initiative would impose a "per person per voyage" tax on cruise ships to pay for vessel services and would also tax cruise ship gambling in State waters. Cruise ships would be required to gather and report certain information about wastewater discharges and permits. The initiative would authorize citizen suits to enforce these discharge statutes and permits and requires commercial passenger vessels to carry a State-employed marine engineer to monitor operations while in State waters. Cruise ship vessels would also disclose on-ship promotions of shore-side businesses.
The Division of Elections has
verified that the application has a sufficient number of sponsors
to qualify for circulation of a petition. The Department of Law
has concluded that the initiative application complies with AS
15.45.030 and AS 15.45.040. Therefore, Leman certified the initiative
application as being in the proper form under AS 15.45.010 through
AS 15.45.070, and Article XI of the Alaska Constitution.
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