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Part Two The Alaska Constitution and Commentary, Ordinance No. 3: Abolition of Fish Traps »

From: The Alaska State Constitution
Gerald A. McBeath
Each elector who offers to vote upon the ratification of the constitution may, upon the same ballot, vote on a third proposition, which shall be as follows: “Shall Ordinance Number Three of the Alaska Constitutional Convention, prohibiting the use of fish traps for the taking of salmon for commercial purposes in the coastal waters of the State, be adopted?” Yes___ No___ If the constitution shall be adopted by the electors and if a majority of all the votes cast for and against this ordinance favor its adoption, then the following shall become operative upon the...

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From: The Alaska State Constitution
Gerald A. McBeath

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From: The Alaska State Constitution
Gerald A. McBeath

Part Two The Alaska Constitution and Commentary, Ordinance No. 2: Alaska-Tennessee Plan »

From: The Alaska State Constitution
Gerald A. McBeath
The election of senators and a representative to serve in the Congress of the United States being necessary and proper to prepare for the admission of Alaska as a state of the Union, the following sections are hereby ordained, pursuant to Chapter 46, SLA [Session Laws of Alaska] 1955. Each elector who offers to vote upon the ratification of the constitution may, upon the same ballot, vote on a second proposition, which shall be as follows: “Shall Ordinance Number Two (Alaska-Tennessee Plan) of the Alaska Constitutional Convention, calling for the immediate...

Part Two The Alaska Constitution and Commentary, Art.XIII Amendment and Revision »

From: The Alaska State Constitution
Gerald A. McBeath
Article XIII describes the processes through which the constitution can be amended. There are two ways to propose constitutional amendments. First, the legislature by a two-thirds vote may propose constitutional change, and second, a convention may discuss revision of the constitution and propose changes in it. The convention may be called by the legislature at any time or by the people through the initiative process. A third method of calling a convention is innovative—the automatic placing of the convention call on the ballot every ten years. The legislative...

Part Two The Alaska Constitution and Commentary, Art.XIV Apportionment Schedule »

From: The Alaska State Constitution
Gerald A. McBeath
The original provisions of the apportionment article are obsolete. They have been replaced by current reapportionment under Article VI as detailed in the April 20, 1993, Report and Proposed Permanent Plan of the Governor's Advisory Reapportionment Board , and May 27, 1993, Proclamation of Permanent Reappor-tionment and Redistricting and Accompanying Statement (State of Alaska, Office of Lieutenant Governor, Juneau).

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From: The Alaska State Constitution
Gerald A. McBeath

Constitution of the State of Alaska: February 5, 1956 (as Amended to April 25, 2002) (United States [us]) »

Edited By: Oceana Editorial Board
Dear Reader, I am pleased to provide you with a copy of the Alaska State Constitution. I hope you will find that your reading of the Constitution helps you gain a better understanding and deeper appreciation of Alaska and the spirit of her people. The Alaska State Constitution upholds the unique diversity of Alaska’s people, land and resources. The Constitution establishes a distribution of authority among state, federal and local governments and sets basic limits on the power of government. By forming a strong alliance and working together, the framers of the...

Constitution of the State of Alaska: February 5, 1956 (as Amended to November 2, 2004) (United States [us]) »

Edited By: Oceana Editorial Board
We the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land, in order to secure and transmit to succeeding generations our heritage of political, civil, and religious liberty within the Union of States, do ordain and establish this constitution for the State of Alaska. This constitution is dedicated to the principles that all persons have a natural right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the enjoyment of the rewards of their own industry; that all persons are equal and entitled to equal rights,...

Constitution of the State of Alaska: February 5, 1956 (as Amended to November 3, 1998) (United States [us]) »

Edited By: Oceana Editorial Board
We the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land, in order to secure and transmit to succeeding generations our heritage of political, civil, and religious liberty within the Union of States, do ordain and establish this constitution for the State of Alaska. SECTION 1. INHERENT RIGHTS. This constitution is dedicated to the principles that all persons have a natural right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the enjoyment of the rewards of their own industry; that all persons are equal and...