Article XIII, Alaska Constitution

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Article XIII of the Alaska Constitution is entitled Amendment and Revision. It has four sections which together lay out the process for amending the constitution. This Article lays out these methods of altering the constitution:

Article 13 has been amended two times since the original 1956 Alaska Constitutional Convention.[1]

Amendments to Article XIII

Section 1

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Amendments to this constitution may be proposed by a two-thirds vote of each house of the legislature. The lieutenant governor shall prepare a ballot title and proposition summarizing each proposed amendment, and shall place them on the ballot for the next general election. If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition favor the amendment, it shall be adopted. Unless otherwise provided in the amendment, it becomes effective thirty days after the certification of the election returns by the lieutenant governor.[1][2]


Section 2

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The legislature may call constitutional conventions at any time.[1][2]

Section 3

Text of Section 3:

Call by Referendum

If during any ten-year period a constitutional convention has not been held, the lieutenant governor shall place on the ballot for the next general election the question: "Shall there be a Constitutional Convention?" If a majority of the votes cast on the question are in the negative, the question need not be placed on the ballot until the end of the next ten-year period. If a majority of the votes cast on the question are in the affirmative, delegates to the convention shall be chosen at the next regular statewide election, unless the legislature provides for the election of the delegates at a special election. The lieutenant governor shall issue the call for the convention. Unless other provisions have been made by law, the call shall conform as nearly as possible to the act calling the Alaska Constitutional Convention of 1955, including, but not limited to, number of members, districts, election and certification of delegates, and submission and ratification of revisions and ordinances. The appropriation provisions of the call shall be self-executing and shall constitute a first claim on the state treasury.[1][2]


Section 4

Text of Section 4:


Constitutional conventions shall have plenary power to amend or revise the constitution, subject only to ratification by the people. No call for a constitutional convention shall limit these powers of the convention.[1][2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Office of the Lt. Governor of Alaska, "The Constitution of the State of Alaska," accessed March 26, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.