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A controversial salmon initiative headed before the Alaska Supreme Court on Thursday. At the heart of the issue is whether the Yes for Salmon ballot initiative is constitutional.
Last fall, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott rejected the initiative put forth by a group called Stand for Salmon.
The measure calls for updating laws regarding fish habitat and setting guidelines for the Department of Fish and Game regarding permitting for projects like mining or oil and gas. Mallott said that would cross the line into appropriating the state’s natural resources, and that’s up to the legislature, not the public.