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(a) A petitioner may amend or withdraw the original petition at any time before the first mailing, publishing, or posting of notice of the commission's hearing on the petition under 3 AAC 110.550. The original and five copies of the amendment or withdrawal must be filed with the department. The petitioner shall provide the department with a copy of the amended petition and supporting materials in an electronic format, unless the department waives this requirement because the petitioner lacks a readily accessible means or the capability to provide items in an electronic format. If voters initiated the original petition,
(1) the amended petition must contain the dated signatures of the same number of voters required by AS 29.04, AS 29.05, AS 29.06, or this chapter for the original petition, and must include the dated signatures of at least a majority of the same voters who signed the original petition; and
(2) a statement withdrawing a petition must contain the dated signatures of at least 30 percent of the voters residing in the area of the proposed change, and must include at least a majority of the same voters who signed the original petition.
(b) A petitioner shall serve the amended petition on each person and entity designated by the department, and by 3 AAC 110.400 - 3 AAC 110.660 to receive the original petition, and on the respondents to the original petition. A petitioner shall place a copy of the amended petition with the original petition documents, post the public notice of the amended petition, and submit an affidavit of service and notice in the same manner required for the original petition.
(c) The chair of the commission may determine whether the amendment is significant enough to warrant an informational session, opportunity for further responsive briefing, an additional public meeting by the department, or a repeat of any other step or process specified in 3 AAC 110.400 - 3 AAC 110.660. Additional informational sessions, meetings, briefings, or other steps or processes will be conducted in accordance with the procedures specified in 3 AAC 110.400 - 3 AAC 110.660 for the processing of the original petition, except that the chair of the commission may shorten the timing.
(d) A petitioner may not amend or withdraw the original petition after the first mailing, publishing, or posting of notice of the commission's hearing on the petition, except upon a clear showing to the commission that the public interest of the state and of the persons and entities within or near the area of the proposed change is best served by allowing the proposed amendment or withdrawal.
History: Eff. 7/31/92, Register 123; am 5/19/2002, Register 162
Authority: Art. X, sec. 12,
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