Update on National Popular Vote in Alaska
Alaska’s legislature has been in session for less than two weeks, but apparently some state Senators were already itching to jump into action on the National Popular Vote issue. The Senate Finance committee heard the matter in a hearing this past Wednesday—about a week after the legislature convened. The legislation has been held, at least for now. Meanwhile, one Senator on the Finance Committee is losing confidence in the measure. Senator McGuire withdrew her sponsorship of the legislation last Monday.
Those who have been following this issue may recall that the NPV legislation is being carried over from last spring’s session. Last year, NPV was passed out of two Senate legislative committees. It is making one final stop in the Senate Finance Committee before moving to the Senate floor.
It is a bit amazing that this legislation is being considered in Alaska at all. The Electoral College is an important institution for all of us, but small states should work extra hard to protect it. Alaska is a big state, but it is a small state in the world of presidential politics.
It is a sure bet that some voters would like to have input into the matter but missed last week’s hearing, due to the short notice. It is not too late to call or write your Senator! Those who live in Alaska should call and register their opinion on this dangerous legislation before it is too late.
Don’t forget to applaud Senator McGuire for withdrawing her sponsorship of the legislation on Monday!
The legislative history for this bill can be found here: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_complete_bill.asp?session=27&bill=SB39
Senator’s contact information can be found here: http://senate.legis.state.ak.us/
Senate Finance Committee information can be found here: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_com_info.asp?comm=SFIN&session=27
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