Proposed Legislative Amendment on Majority Leadership
- Adds new mid-December legislative meeting after each election for the Senate and Assembly to organize and elect officers.
Section 4. The article includes provisions for the organization and procedures of the legislature.
§ 4. a. The legislative term shall begin with the calendar year following the election of the members. The legislature shall convene on the first Wednesday after the first Monday of each January. The legislators-elect shall meet not later than the first Monday after December fifteenth following their election solely to organize and elect officers for the legislative term following.
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.