In the News: Vic Fischer says now is not the time for a Constitutional Convention

Vic Fischer at his Anchorage home on Nov. 3, 2021. Fischer spoke to Alaska Public Media on why holding another constitutional convention would be bad for Alaska. (Photo credit: Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)
Vic Fischer at his Anchorage home on Nov. 3, 2021. (Photo credit: Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)

from Alaska Public Media:

Vic Fischer was [at the original convention] in 1955 and 1956 when the Alaska Constitution was written. At 97 years old, Fischer is the last surviving delegate of the original convention. And he said Alaska politics currently lacks something the delegates had then: unity.

“This is about as bad a time to have a new convention as there ever could be or could have been because we are so divided as a people,” he said in an interview with Alaska Public Media.

Fischer said political blocs are focused on issues that divide Alaskans. He said the 1955 delegates had a common goal, and they studied lessons from other states in drafting the constitution. He’s concerned that politically divided delegates at a future convention would be studying something very different.

Read the full article at: Alaska Public Media / KTOO