On February 1, 2022, Bob Bird and John Coghill squared off in a friendly but fiery debate on the call to action as well as the caution of voting to hold a constitutional convention. At the end of the debate and Q&A, the in-person ballots totaled 62 for, 41 against, with 3 voting undecided.

This is to be the first of many upcoming debates on the merits of such a move, never once undertaken since statehood. Both presenters recommend watching the debate with easy access to both a US Constitution AND an Alaska Constitution for reference.

Constitutional Convention Debate

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