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(a) The department shall review the petition and supporting materials to determine whether they include a budget sufficient for commission review, a transition plan sufficient for commission review, and other required information. When applicable, the department shall also determine whether the petition contains the legally required number of valid signatures. The department shall complete the technical review of the petition within 45 days after receiving it, except that the chair of the commission, for good cause, may grant the department additional time to complete its technical review.
(b) The petitioner is primarily responsible for supplying all supplemental information and documents reasonably necessary for the technical review process, including information identifying who is registered to vote, who resides in a territory, and the number of persons who voted in the territory during the last election.
(c) If it determines that the petition or supporting materials are deficient in form or content, the department shall consult with the chair of the commission. With the concurrence of the chair of the commission, the department shall return the defective petition or supporting materials to the petitioner for correction or completion. With the concurrence of the chair of the commission, the department shall determine whether the deficiencies in the petition are significant enough to require new authorization for the filing of the corrected or completed petition. The department shall complete the technical review of any corrections or materials needed to complete the petition within 30 days after receiving them, except that the chair of the commission, for good cause, may grant the department additional time to complete its technical review. If the department determines that the petition and brief are in substantial compliance with applicable provisions of AS 29.04, AS 29.05, AS 29.06, and this chapter, the department shall notify the petitioner that the petition and brief have been accepted for filing, and the department shall file the petition.
(d) The petitioner may appeal to the commission a determination by the department under (c) of this section that a petition is deficient in form and content or that new authorization will be required for the filing of a corrected or completed petition.
History: Eff. 7/31/92, Register 123; am 5/19/2002, Register 162
Authority: Art. X, sec. 12,
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