Talk of Alaska: Breaking Down Alaska’s Constitution

A 50th anniversary copy of the Alaska State Constitution sits on the top of a table.
Once a decade, Alaskans must vote on whether to hold a Constitutional Convention to change to state’s founding document. (Valerie Kern/Alaska Public Media)

This year, Alaskans are deciding whether or not to hold another constitutional convention, but how do you decide if you want to change the constitution if you don’t understand the current one? On this week’s Talk of Alaska, ask questions of constitutional experts about Alaska’s constitution and the foundational laws of the state.

HOST: Anne Hillman

GUESTS:

Matt Peterson – Of Counsel at Clapp, Peterson, Tiemessen, Thorsness LLC, Constitutional Scholar

Vicki Clark – Executive Director, Trustees for Alaska

PARTICIPATE:

Call 907-550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast.

Send an email to talk@alaskapublic.org (Comments may be read on air).

Post your comment during or after the live broadcast on social media (Comments may be read on air).

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Alaska’s constitutional convention question, explained

What you need to know about the constitutional convention question

Talk of Alaska: The Constitutional Convention Debate

LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. on Alaska public radio stations statewide.

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Anne Hillman is the engagement editor for a special elections-focused project at Alaska Public Media. She also runs Mental Health Mosaics, a project of Out North that uses art, podcasts, poetry, and creativity to explore mental health and foster deeper conversations around the topic. Reach her at ahillman@alaskapublic.org.