Alaska's constitutional convention, Volume 1956 by Victor Fischer

By Victor Fischer

In 1956, delegates collected on the college of Alaska in Fairbanks to write down a structure for what turned the forty-ninth kingdom of the union. They produced a rfile that many have stated was once extra tremendously acceptable to its time and position than the other country constitution.Victor Fischer, one of many delegates, describes this ancient occasion. have a good time the constitution's 50th anniversary and find out about the writing of this crucial record.

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In addition, local persons were found who could be available for hire as clerical staff upon call of the convention. Throughout these preparatory phases, the Alaska Statehood Committee, its staff and consultants, received exceptional cooperation from university officials and community representatives. With their help, everything was as ready as possible when the delegates arrived for the convention. Election of Delegates "I have no axe to grind" might well have been the official slogan of those persons hoping to be elected as delegates to the constitutional convention.

Delegate Election Districting The delegate election provisions clearly demonstrated that the measure creating a convention had a profound influence on the constitution itself. Ever since the territorial legislature had been established, elections had been held at large in Alaska's four judicial divisions. Previous congressional statehood enabling bills would have used the existing legislative districting scheme for the constitutional convention. The 1955 Alaska legislature, however, decided on a different approach.

However, the pleas of Alaskans were constantly opposed by the vested interests already present in Alaska. For example, fur traders opposed efforts to bring law, order, and development. Later, both fur and fishing interests opposed more government because it would bring regulation of and restrictions on the use of resources. Meanwhile, what government did come to Alaska was austere. In 1884, when the total population was around 35,000, $25,000 was appropriated for education. The total appropriation for civil government in 1887, two full decades after the purchase, was only $25,500, exclusive of education.

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