New York State Constitution Convention

The media has been discussing the upcoming vote on the NY State Constitutional Convention, I believe it is important that we make an educated decision to vote for or against this.

Here are some facts about the convention and some websites to refer to for more information:

  • The current State Constitution was drafted in 1938
  • By law a vote to hold a constitutional convention must be held every 20 years.
    • Last convention was 1967 – all proposed changes were voted down
    • In 1997 it was voted down
  • Some view this as an opportunity to make changes, others see it as opening Pandora’s box.
  • If the vote is to hold a Constitutional Convention then:
    • Delegates (3 from each senate district and 15 others statewide) would be elected in 2018
    • Those delegates would meet in April of 2019 for the convention
    • any proposed changes would go before the voters in the 2019 November election.  No changes can occur to the constitution without statewide approval at the ballot box.
  • Backers are the NYState Bar Association and extremely liberal groups
  • Main stream Republicans, Democrats, and Conservatives are opposed to it
  • Even Unions are against it
  • NY City residents have the most to gain from this

The Constitutional Convention, is a topic that we need to be informed about if we are going to make an educated decision for or against.  Keep in mind, while the delegates would come together with unlimited abilities to propose amending the constitution in any and all ways.

What has not been emphasized is that any amendments approved by delegates would need to be ultimately approved by the voters. This is important to remember: No changes can occur to the constitution without statewide approval at the ballot box.

Please take a few moments to look at the following websites before voting on November 7th.

The New York post has a very well balanced look at the convention, including the potential special interest concerns, and the Conservative concerns.

A Pro-Constitutional Convention viewpoint is over at Syracuse.com.  Their stance is that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to use the convention to clean up Albany’s politics & corruption, revise the New York state Electoral system, and add term limits.

A Con-Constitiutional Convention viewpoint is at:  newyorkconcon.info.