OPINION: A constitutional convention would be doomed to fail

via the Juneau Empire:

In Alaska, voters have the final say on whether a woman’s right to an abortion remains protected under our Constitution’s privacy clause. But before that question can be put on the ballot, a proposed amendment must be approved by either the two-thirds of each house of the Legislature or the majority of delegates we elect to serve at a constitutional convention.

It’s unlikely either track will succeed. And in our current political climate, it’s a terrible time to even consider convening a constitutional convention.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants voters to believe he can get the legislature to put the issue on the ballot. Immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week, he issued a press release stating he’ll “be introducing a resolution for a proposed constitutional amendment to the legislature in the next session to answer the question whether abortion shall, or not be a constitutionally protected right.”

The press release should have been sent from Dunleavy’s campaign headquarters, not the Office of the Governor. His statement is accompanied by the assumption he’ll be reelected in November. Which means he wasn’t the governor explaining an action he’ll take during his current term but rather a candidate making a campaign promise.

Read more at: The Juneau Empire.