Schedule of state-run public hearings on fall ballot measures set; hearings start Sept 8

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The schedule of state-run public hearings on this fall's ballot measures has been released.

Hearings on ballot measure two, which would legalize recreational use of marijuana by those 21 and older, begin Sept. 9 in Nome. Hearings are set to run through Sept. 30, with hearings to be held in Barrow, Juneau, Ketchikan, Anchorage, Wasilla, Bethel and Fairbanks.

Hearings on ballot measure three, which would increase the state's minimum wage by $2 an hour over two years, will be held in the same communities.

Ballot measure four would require legislative approval for a large-scale metallic sulfide mining operation, like the Pebble Mine, in the Bristol Bay region. Hearings start Sept. 8 in Kotzebue and will run through Oct. 2, being held in Barrow, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Dillingham.

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