Ballot Measure 1: Increase Number of Legislators and Districts; Senate Joint Resolution 21
October 28, 2010
If, however, Alaskans approve the proposed constitutional amendment, the increased number of legislative districts will allow the Alaska Redistricting Board to “draw” four more House districts and two more Senate districts - thereby accommodating the increased population of the urban Railbelt without decreasing the legislative boundaries of the Bush and Southeast Alaska districts.
In the US, among the nine states with small populations, the average size of their legislative bodies is 134 members, more than twice the size of the Alaska Legislature. Between 1960 and 2006, 29 states have increased the size of their legislatures.
Should the amendment be ratified by Alaska voters, an initial cost of $ 4 million will be necessary to pay for the costs of having six more legislators, such as the design of necessary office space. After the relocations are in place, the annual cost of the additional legislators is expected to be greatly reduced. Opportunities for increased office space currently exist near the Alaska State Capitol in the Terry Miller Legislative Office Building and the recently renovated Thomas Stewart Building.
A hallmark of democracy is a dedication to representation of the individual.
Carolyn V Brown
Received October 27, 2010 - Published October 28, 2010
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