OPINION: Why Alaskans are uniting against a constitutional convention

via the Anchorage Daily News:

Imagine 55 Alaskans from all walks of life, citizens with different political affiliations and backgrounds meeting together with a unifying passion for Alaska’s future. That’s what happened at the University of Alaska, in College, Alaska, in November 1955. Over three long months, these territorial citizens stood together to complete the writing of our Alaska Constitution.

Together, they charted the course of statehood. When differences of opinion arose, their shared vision for an expanding and prosperous state kept them focused on that mission, making debates productive and compromise negotiable. The foundation they created sought to bring together “best practices” from across the nation for this guiding document, making it brief, broad and empowering for self-government. It put the people of Alaska in charge through a strong representative legislative branch. It gave the executive branch effective authority to lead.

The Alaska Constitution, ratified in 1956, has long stood the test of time — not as a perfect and flawless document but as a time-proven foundation to the state we all love. Our founders understood that Alaska’s constitution, like the U.S. Constitution, would be subject to change, and their foresight empowered the people to enact those changes through two very distinct mechanisms: amendment and convention.

A Constitutional Convention: Unnecessary, Expensive, and Dangerous

We believe a convention is not only unnecessary and expensive, but it would be dangerous for our state. Not only would it unnecessarily inject years of uncertainty into the statutory and regulatory frameworks that govern every aspect of Alaskans’ lives, it would open our entire constitution up for revision. The principles contained in our constitution, such as common use of our natural resources, sustained yield management, public domain, access to fisheries, mineral and water rights, and access to navigable waters could all be put in jeopardy.

Read the full article at: Anchorage Daily News