Hearings on coastal zone initiative planned

Ten hearings are scheduled on a ballot initiative that would re-establish a coastal management program in Alaska.

The initiative is the first to fall under a state law, passed in 2010, that requires at least eight hearings up to 30 days before the election in which an initiative is to be decided.

The law requires pro and con positions be given at the hearings.

Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, in a news release, says state officials are working to make sure that testimony can be taking by phone during some of the hearings.

Hearings begin July 2 in Soldotna and end July 26 in Juneau. Other communities hosting hearings are Barrow, Anchorage, Wasilla, Kotzebue, Fairbanks, Kodiak, Bethel and Ketchikan.

The initiative will appear on the Aug. 28 primary ballot.