Proposed Legislative Amendment on Majority Leadership

Amendment Purpose: 
1967 Constitutional Convention Amendment: Establishes Election of Legislative Officers in December Prior to January Term
Summary of Amendment: 
  • Adds new mid-December legislative meeting after each election for the Senate and Assembly to organize and elect officers.

Article III


Section 4. The article includes provisions for the organization and procedures of the legislature.

Legislative Amendment Text: 

Article III


§ 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. 

b. A majority of each house shall constitute a quorum to do business. Each house shall determine the rules of its own proceedings, be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members, and choose its own officers. The senate shall choose a temporary president and the assembly shall choose a speaker. 
c. Each house shall keep a journal of its proceedings and a transcript of its debates. Except for such parts as may require secrecy, the journal shall be published, and the transcript shall be available to the public. The doors of each house shall be kept open, except when the public welfare shall require secrecy. Neither house shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than two days. 


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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