In the News: Voters to decide if Alaska should have a constitutional convention

via the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Whether Alaska should hold a constitutional convention will appear on a statewide ballot in November, with a broad-based group already organized against the measure.

Defend Our Constitution, composed of labor, political and business members, warned Thursday that a convention would be “costly, risky and dangerous” to Alaska and the economy.

“A constitutional convention for Alaska is a bad idea at this time,” said Cathy Giessel, the Republican former state Senate President.

Giessel is a founding member of Defend Our Constitution, which is campaigning against the measure.

Alaska is one of three states where voters will decide this fall whether to hold a convention, a gathering of elected delegates who propose changes and amendments to the state constitution.

Other states deciding on a constitutional convention this fall are Missouri and New Hampshire.

Alaska has not had a constitutional convention since the original one in Fairbanks. The first convention was held at the University of Alaska, in the winter of 1955-1956.

Read more at: the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.