Proposed Legislative Amendment on Convention

Amendment Purpose: 
1967 Constitutional Convention Amendment: Prohibition Against Statewide Elected Officials and Court of Appeals Judges Serving as Delegates
Summary of Amendment: 
  • Requires question of whether another Constitutional Convention should be called to be submitted to the people in 1992, and every 20th year thereafter, or whenever else the legislature determines. 

Article XIV

Amendments to the Constitution

The article provides the question of whether to hold a constitutional convention shall be submitted to the people in 1992, every twentieth year thereafter, and at such other times as the legislature may provide. The article prescribes the number, manner of election, qualifications and compensation of delegates to future constitutional conventions, and certain aspects of the conduct of such conventions.

Legislative Amendment Text: 

Article XIV

Amendments to the Constitution

§ 2. a. At the general election held in nineteen hundred ninety ­two, every twentieth year thereafter, and at such other times as the legislature may provide, the following question shall be submitted to the people: "Shall there be a convention to amend or revise the constitution?" At the next general election following the approval of such a convention by a majority of the electors voting thereon, three delegates shall be elected from every senate district and fif­teen delegates-at-large shall be elected by the electors of the state. Delegates shall be at least twenty-one years of age, eligible to vote in the state, and shall have been domiciled in the state for at least the three years preceding such election. The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller and chief judge and asso­ciate judges of the court of appeals shall not be eligible to serve as delegates. The delegates shall convene at the capitol on the first Tuesday of April after their election, and shall continue their session until the business of the convention is completed.

Legislative History: 

In 1967, the New York State Constitutional Convention proposed a whole new Constitution that contained this provision and these changes to a vote of the people of the State of New York at the General Election asking "Shall the proposed new Constitution, adopted by the Constitutional Convention, and the Resolution submitting same, be approved?"  The Constitution as a whole was voted down by the people, which included these changes. 

Learn more on our page devoted to the 1967 Convention.  The Proceedings of the Convention are available from the New York State Library and you can download a PDF copy of the Constitution proposed by the 1967 Constitutional Convention.




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