ANCHORAGE – Alaska voters could decide if the state will ban setnetting in urban areas.

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott told the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance president in an official letter that the initiative was certified for the August 2016 primary ballot unless the state Legislature adopts the measure during its next session. Another caveat — oral arguments in an appeal of the decision to let the initiative head to the ballot are also planned for later this month.

AFCA says it collected more than 43,000 signatures to get the initiative on the 2016 ballot. The Division of Elections verified close to 36,000 valid signatures, above the requirement of 28,545.

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