Proposed Legislative Amendment on Rights

Amendment Purpose: 
1967 Constitutional Convention Amendment: Protections against discrimination on the basis of age, sex, or physical or mental handicap
Summary of Amendment: 
  • Adds sex, age, and physical and mental handicap as areas in which discrimination is forbidden.

Article I

Bill of Rights

Section 2. The article grants equal protection of the laws, and prohibits discrimination in civil rights on grounds of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex or physical or mental handicap. Unreasonable searches and seizures and unreasonable interception of telephone and other communications are forbidden, except that statutes may permit the interception of such communications upon court orders under conditions specified. Such article forbids deprivation of life, liberty or property without due process of law and sets forth basic procedural rights in criminal proceedings.

Legislative Amendment Text: 

Article I

Bill of Rights

§ 3. a. No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws.

b. No person shall, because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex or physical or mental handicap, be subjected to any discrimination in his civil rights by the state or any subdivision, agency or instrumentality thereof or by any person, corporation or unincorporated association, public or private. The legislature shall provide that no public money shall be given or loaned to or invested with any person or entity, public or private, violating this provision

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; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: initial; background-position: 100% 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; "> a PDF copy of the Constitution proposed by the 1967 Constitutional Convention.




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