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senate Bill S4379
Provides for the submission to the people of a proposition or question to convene a constitutional convention
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Provides for the submission to the people of a proposition or question to convene a constitutional convention.
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TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the election law and the public officers law, in
providing for the submission to the people of a proposition or
convene a constitutional convention
This bill would place on the ballot of the next general
election the question, "Shall there be a convention to revise the
constitution and amend the same?"; amend the election law to provide
for nonpartisan elections of delegates to constitutional conventions;
restrict contributions to Campaigns of constitutional delegates and
require registration and reporting of those promoting or opposing the
adoption of proposed constitutional amendments; amend the public
officers law to provide that state and local officers Sworn as
constitutional delegates shall vacate their public office; and to
provide for a constitutional convention preparatory commission.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: recites the short title of this act,
"The People's Convention to Reform New York Act".
§2. Sets forth the legislative findings and declarations.
§3. Requires that the question, "Shall there be a convention to revise
the constitution and amend the same" be placed on the next general
election ballot as allowed under Article XIX, section 2 of the State
§4: Provides that procedures and provisions of Article XIX, section
2 of the state Constitution shall apply.
§5: Defines the term "nonpartisan election".
§6: Adds a new section 2-128 to Article 2 of the election law to
provide that certain state and county
political party officers shall vacate their party office
if elected and sworn as a delegate to the constitutional
§6: Adds a new section 2-128 to Article 2 of the election law to
provide that certain state and county political party officers
shall vacate their party office if elected and sworn as a delegate
to the constitutional convention.
§7: Adds a new section 6-125 to Article 6 of the election law to
provide the process and procedures for conducting nonpartisan
elections of delegates to the state constitutional convention.
§8: Adds a new subdivision 12 to section 14-100 of the election law
defining the term "political action committee".
§9: Adds a new subdivision 11 to section 14-114 to the election law
prohibiting campaign contributions or transfers from political party
committees, political committees or political action committees to
candidates for delegate to the state constitutional convention or any
such candidates' campaign committees.
§10: Adds a new article 18 to the election law to require registration
and reporting by persons promoting or opposing the adoption of
proposed constitutional amendments by a constitutional convention.
§11: Adds a new subdivision 1-a to Section 30 of the Public Officers
Law to provide that any state or local officer elected and sworn as a
delegate to a state constitutional convention shall be deemed to have
vacated his or her state or local office.
§12: Establishes a constitutional convention preparatory commission to
prepare for a proposed agenda, position papers and other information
in advance of the constitutional convention.
§13: Severability clause.
§14: Provides that the act shall take effect immediately, except that
section 4 shall not take effect unless the question proposed in
section 3 shall have been submitted to the voters at a general
election and shall have received a majority of the votes cast.
New York's Constitution is a fundamental document that
performs three vital roles. It organizes the government, establishes
fundamental rights and liberties of the people and articulates the
basic values and principal concerns of the people that they wish
their government to address. Our state Constitution recognizes that
periodic review is necessary to keep the document current as law and
Such reviews correct deficiencies and strengthen the governing process.
The most recent crises in state government underscore this point. Some
claim the current Constitution does not adequately address the issue
of gubernatorial succession, especially in the instance where there
is a vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Governor. This apparent lack
of clarity has led to litigation and has caused a distraction that
has contributed to the failure to address critical issues facing our
Similarly, the recent Senate deadlock paralyzed that body for more
than a month as there was no mechanism in place to break tie votes.
Whether as a result of the most recent crises in state government or
as a result of a more institutionalized problem, our state government
has failed to adequately address a number of issues that the people
of this state would like to see addressed: a constitutional state
spending cap, local government real property tax caps, state debt
reform, public authority reform and accountability, reform of the
state budget process, nonpartisan redistricting of legislative
districts, campaign finance reform, recall of elected officials, and
an initiative and referendum process.
These principal concerns of the people of the state are best addressed
by those people at a "People's Convention" where they can evaluate the
current constitution and reform or revise it, as necessary, to meet
the needs of the current generation of New Yorkers. To ensure that
the convention addresses the views of all New Yorkers, we need to
insure participation of as broad a spectrum of the state's citizens
as possible. Such as process will result in a fair, efficient and
modern representative document. The constitutional conventions of
1938 and 1967 were criticized as being dominated by elected and
political party officials. In crafting our state's core legal
document, delegates should put aside partisan political views. In
order to focus the election of delegates on their positions on the
critical issues of the day, rather than their political party
affiliation, and in order to give all New Yorkers, not just the
politically connected, a real chance to voice their views as
delegates, we must have nonpartisan elections for constitutional
Also, in recognition of the need to insulate delegate candidates from
the appearance of conflict or impropriety, contributions from
political, political party, and political actions committees is
In order to provide a mechanism to narrow the field of candidates
appearing on the general election ballot, the nonpartisan primary
elections are structured to work as a run-off elections. The nine
candidates receiving the highest number of votes in each Senate
district shall advance to the general election. At the general
election the three candidates receiving the greatest number of votes
in each senate district shall be elected delegates to the convention.
For statewide, at-large delegates, the 30 candidates receiving the
greatest number of votes in the nonpartisan primary election shall
advance to the general election. The fifteen candidates receiving the
greatest number of votes in the general election shall be elected
statewide, at-large delegates to the convention.
By law, elected political party officials occupy quasi-public positions.
Those officials have a duty to serve their party organizations to the
best of their abilities and to advance their individual party's
beliefs, principles, and platform - perhaps, at the risk of removal
for disloyalty for failing to do so. Recognizing the likely potential
for conflict between the position of elected political party officer
and state constitutional convention delegate, but not wanting to
exclude any interested citizen from serving as a delegate, this bill
permits the individual to seek election as a delegate, refraining
from partisan political activity only during such election and term
and constructively vacating his or her elected political party
position only when such conflict becomes readily apparent, upon
election as a delegate.
Similarly, this bill permits state and local officers to seek election
as delegates. In recognition of the potential for conflict between
the state or local officer's position and that of delegate and, in
further recognition that of the time commitment necessary to serve as
a delegate and the public compensation provided therefore, this bill
provides that the state or local officer elected as a delegate to the
convention would vacate his state or local office upon being sworn to
the public office of delegate to the constitutional convention. The
bill requires that persons interested in lobbying the convention
register and report their activities and that such persons would
then, as a result of their obvious conflict, be disqualified from
serving as convention delegates.
The bill further provides for a constitutional convention preparatory
commission. The work of the delegates will be great and the time to
consider the many complex issues facing the state, relatively short.
In order to permit the delegates to make the best use of their time,
a preparatory commission can do advance research and writing on the
issues the convention will likely address.
Nine conventions have taken place over the course of the State's
history. Out of those conventions have Come profound and expanded
rights for all New Yorkers. The first convention convened in White
Plains in 1777.
At this convention the first State Constitution was drafted. Other
conventions have produced significant expansion of rights and
reformation of governments. For example, the Bill of Rights and the
Governor's veto power were added. to the Constitution at the
convention of 1821.
The convention of 1846, the extension of the franchise and the
transfer of many appointive offices to elective ones was added to the
Constitution. At the convention of 1894, a provision that required
legislation to 'age for at least three days prior to being put to a
vote was ratified and the Blaine amendment (prohibiting State funding
to parochial schools) was approved. The last convention was held in
1967 and the proposed new Constitution was subsequently defeated. In
1997 the voters decided not to hold a convention. As we have
witnessed, much in our state, our nation .and the world has changed
A.9157 (2009-10), Held in Judiciary
It is estimated that the election of delegates
and the holding of the convention could cost the state approximately
$12 to $15 million.
This act shall take effect immediately; provided that
the provisions of section four of this act shall not take effect unless
and until the question proposed in section three of this act shall
have been submitted to the people at the general election to be held
in the next succeeding November after the effective date of this act,
and shall have received a majority of all votes cast for and against
it at such election. Upon approval by the people section four of this
act shall take effect immediately. The ballots to be furnished for
the use of the voters upon the submission of section one of this act
shall be in the form prescribed by the election law, and the
proposition or question to be submitted shall be printed in the
"Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the
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S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4379 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E April 1, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to amend the election law and the public officers law, in relation to providing for the submission to the people of a proposi- tion or question to convene a constitutional convention THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "People's Convention to Reform New York Act". S 2. Legislative findings and declaration. The legislature hereby finds that New York state has held nine constitutional conventions in its history; the most recent of which was held in 1967, more than forty years ago. The revised constitution proposed by that convention was overwhelmingly defeated at the polls. The next most recent constitu- tional convention was held in 1938 and the constitutional amendments proposed by that convention were largely supported by the electorate. Between the 1938 and 1967 conventions, the legislature amended the constitution some 93 times. While amendments proposed by the legislature must be ratified by the electorate, it is only at constitutional conventions that ordinary citizens have the opportunity to reconsider the fundamental structure of state government and to assess its effec- tiveness in light of the current social, economic and political condi- tions of the day. In providing for periodic constitutional conventions, the framers of our current document acknowledged the need to have a dynamic, living and breathing statement of how government should operate and what limits or controls it should have on our individual pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Much has changed in our state, our nation and the world in the forty years since our last constitutional convention. The information age has transformed the way the world communicates and does business and how governments interact with their citizens. The world has effectively EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05219-01-1 S. 4379 2 grown much smaller, our populations are more mobile and we are truly part of a global economy. To make our state and its communities attrac- tive places to live, work and raise families, they must be able to compete in this new environment. To ensure the long term fiscal stabili- ty of our state and local governments and the affordability of such governments for its citizens, provisions for constitutional caps on state spending and local real property taxes must be addressed, the requirement of a two-thirds vote for tax increase legislation and restrictions on the state's ability to impose unfunded mandates on local governments must be imposed, real debt reform and an absolute ban on back door borrowing must become a reality. The convention must also address the proper role of public authorities, particularly those that operate public transit systems, to ensure that they are accountable to the other branches of government and to the people they serve. The constitutional provisions that have governed the workings of the legislature and the succession to the governorship do not adequately protect the interests of the people and our government institutions. The ambiguity of those constitutional provisions and uncertainty over their consistency with other law has contributed to a leadership crisis, poli- tical turmoil, litigation and, most important, an inability to address issues and processes that fundamentally impact our state's ability to meet the needs of its citizens. The constitution needs to be clear and unambiguous on these matters. Mechanisms need to be put in place so that tie votes on leadership issues in the legislature do not paralyze state government. Clear procedures on succession to the governorship are necessary to ensure the orderly transition of power in times of crisis. The voters of the state should have a role in the filling of a vacancy in the offices of attorney general, comptroller or United States senator. To ensure a truly dynamic legislature that is more likely to change with our ever more rapidly changing economic, social and poli- tical environment, we should limit the terms of our legislative leaders and to ensure that the voices of the citizens of the state are not drowned out by those of special interests, meaningful campaign finance reform is necessary. Despite statutory changes, our budget process still lacks meaningful participation by rank and file legislators and the public. The members of a constitutional convention should make a clear statement as to whether members of the legislature must actually live in the districts from which they are elected. We must afford the public an opportunity to decide whether processes available to citizens of other states - recall and initiative and referendum are desirable in New York. To ensure competitive elections and truly representative government, non-partisan redistricting of legislative districts must be required. Fundamental reform of governmental institutions and processes is now required. The last two constitutional conventions were dominated by the politically connected (two-thirds of the delegates to the 1938 conven- tion and about 83% of the 1967 delegates were present or former elected or party officials). To ensure the success of this constitutional convention and future conventions, we must limit the participation of elected and party officials so that the conventions can be "People's Conventions" and so the voices of all New Yorkers, not just those of special interests, can be heard. The legislature further finds and declares, in furtherance of estab- lishing a meaningful convention process, that: (a) delegates to the convention should be involved and concerned citi- zens and not elected officials, lobbyists, or party chairmen; S. 4379 3 (b) prior to the convening of the convention, and solely as an aid to delegates, there should be appointed a preparatory commission with adequate time to study the issues, establish a proposed initial agenda and procedures, and prepare position papers, with ongoing information to and participation of the public; (c) insofar as possible, procedures should be established in both the selection of delegates and in the running of the convention that will reduce partisanship; and (d) reasonable time limits should be placed on the length of the convention and its costs, so as to assure that the operations of the convention are not a burden on taxpayers, and that the convention may enjoy maximum citizen participation. Calling a constitutional convention subject to section 2 of article XIX of the New York state constitution for the consideration of the issues outlined above and all other issues that the delegates may deem appropriate and in need of address to achieve the enumerated structural and procedural reforms of government and its institutions is required. To that end, and consistent with the statutory reforms of the delegate selection process now being considered, we hereby find and declare that the creation of a state government able to effectively exercise the power and responsibilities given to it by a sovereign and free people should be convened by a vote by that same people. S 3. Pursuant to the provisions of section 2 of article XIX of the New York state constitution, the question "Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?" shall be submitted to and decided by the people of the state at the general election to be held in the next succeeding November after the effective date of this act. S 4. If the question stated in section three of this act is answered in the affirmative by a majority of all votes cast for and against it, deciding in favor of a convention for such purpose, the procedures and provisions of section 2 of article XIX of the New York state constitu- tion shall apply and be implemented. S 5. Section 1-104 of the election law is amended by adding a new subdivision 38 to read as follows: 38. THE TERM "NONPARTISAN ELECTION" MEANS A PRIMARY, GENERAL OR SPECIAL ELECTION IN WHICH CANDIDATES SHALL RUN WITHOUT PARTY LABEL, AND POLITICAL PARTIES ARE PROHIBITED FROM DESIGNATING OR NOMINATING CANDI- DATES. S 6. The election law is amended by adding a new section 2-128 to read as follows: S 2-128. ELECTION OF PARTY COMMITTEE OFFICERS AS DELEGATES TO STATE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, IN THE EVENT THAT A PERSON SERVING AS CHAIRMAN, SECRETARY, OR TREASURER OF A STATE OR COUNTY COMMITTEE OF A POLITICAL PARTY IS ELECTED TO AND SWORN AS A DELEGATE TO A STATE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, SUCH PERSON SHALL BE DEEMED TO HAVE RESIGNED FROM HIS OR HER POLITICAL PARTY POSI- TION AND THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE FOR THE FILLING OF VACANCIES IN SUCH POSITION SHALL APPLY. S 7. The election law is amended by adding a new section 6-125 to read as follows: S 6-125. NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS OF DELEGATES TO A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, ALL PRIMARY ELECTIONS AND GENERAL ELECTIONS FOR DELEGATES TO A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION PURSUANT TO ARTICLE XIX OF THE NEW YORK STATE CONSTITUTION SHALL BE CONDUCTED AS NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS. S. 4379 4 2. DESIGNATIONS FOR NOMINATION AT A NONPARTISAN PRIMARY FOR DELEGATES TO A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION SHALL BE MADE IN THE SAME MANNER AS CURRENTLY PROVIDED FOR INDEPENDENT DESIGNATING PETITIONS. ALL ENROLLED VOTERS SHALL BE QUALIFIED TO SIGN NONPARTISAN DESIGNATING PETITIONS. 3. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 6-136 OF THIS ARTICLE OR ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, ALL PETITIONS FOR THE DESIGNATION FOR NOMI- NATION OF A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATE FROM A SENATE DISTRICT MUST BE SIGNED BY NOT LESS THAN ONE THOUSAND ENROLLED VOTERS OF SUCH SENATE DISTRICT AND ALL PETITIONS FOR THE DESIGNATION FOR NOMINATION OF A STATEWIDE, AT-LARGE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATE MUST BE SIGNED BY NOT LESS THAN TEN THOUSAND ENROLLED VOTERS OF THE STATE, OF WHOM NOT LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED MUST RESIDE IN EACH OF TEN OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS OF THE STATE. 4. THE FORM OF THE DESIGNATING PETITION USED TO MAKE A DESIGNATION IN A NONPARTISAN PRIMARY SHALL BE SUBSTANTIALLY IN THE FORM PRESCRIBED IN SECTION 6-132 OF THIS ARTICLE, EXCEPT THAT NO REFERENCE SHALL BE MADE TO ANY POLITICAL PARTY THEREIN. 5. UNLESS OTHERWISE PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION, THE SECTIONS OF LAW APPLICABLE TO DESIGNATING PETITIONS FOR NONPARTISAN PRIMARY ELECTIONS SHALL BE THOSE PRESCRIBED BY THIS ARTICLE. 6. ALL REGISTERED VOTERS, REGARDLESS OF PARTY AFFILIATION OR LACK THEREOF, SHALL BE PERMITTED TO VOTE IN THE NONPARTISAN PRIMARY ELECTION FOR THE NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF DELEGATE TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. SUITABLE PROVISIONS MUST BE MADE SO THAT EACH ELECTOR MAY VOTE FOR UP TO THREE OF ANY SENATE DISTRICT CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATE CANDIDATES AND UP TO FIFTEEN OF ANY STATEWIDE, AT-LARGE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATE CANDIDATES. 7. UPON THE CANVASS OF VOTES IN A NONPARTISAN PRIMARY THE NINE CONSTI- TUTIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATE CANDIDATES RECEIVING THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES IN EACH SENATE DISTRICT AND THE THIRTY CANDIDATES RECEIVING THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES AS STATEWIDE, AT-LARGE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATES SHALL BE CERTIFIED AS NOMINATED AND SHALL RUN IN THE GENERAL ELECTION HELD SUBSEQUENT TO THE PRIMARY WITHOUT PARTY IDENTIFICATION. 8. NO CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE TO A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION SHALL IN ANY WAY USE OR ALLOW HIMSELF OR HERSELF TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH A PARTY LABEL IN EITHER THE PRIMARY OR GENERAL ELECTION. 9. ONCE A PERSON ANNOUNCES HIS OR HER INTENTION TO BE A CANDIDATE FOR ELECTION TO THE POSITION OF DELEGATE TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION AND UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THAT PERSON IS NO LONGER A CANDIDATE OR UNTIL HIS OR HER SERVICE AS A DELEGATE ENDS, WHICHEVER OCCURS LATER, SUCH CANDI- DATE FOR DELEGATE TO A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION SHALL NOT (A) PARTIC- IPATE IN ANY PARTISAN POLITICAL PARTY ACTIVITIES, EXCEPT THAT SUCH CANDIDATE MAY REGISTER TO VOTE AS A MEMBER OF ANY POLITICAL PARTY AND MAY VOTE IN ANY PARTY PRIMARY FOR CANDIDATES FOR NOMINATION OF THE PARTY IN WHICH HE OR SHE IS REGISTERED TO VOTE; (B) CAMPAIGN OR PUBLICLY REPRESENT OR ADVERTISE HIMSELF OR HERSELF AS A MEMBER OF ANY POLITICAL PARTY; (C) ENDORSE ANY CANDIDATE OR POLITICAL PARTY; (D) ACCEPT THE ENDORSEMENT OF ANY POLITICAL PARTY; OR (E) SOLICIT OR ACCEPT CONTRIB- UTIONS FROM ANY POLITICAL PARTY COMMITTEE, POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE OR POLITICAL COMMITTEE PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ELEVEN OF SECTION 14-114 OF THIS CHAPTER. 10. WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGU- LATIONS CONSISTENT WITH THIS SECTION TO EFFECTUATE THE PURPOSES AND POLICIES HEREOF. S. 4379 5 S 8. Section 14-100 of the election law is amended by adding a new subdivision 12 to read as follows: 12. "POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE" MEANS ANY COMMITTEE ESTABLISHED, FINANCED, MAINTAINED OR CONTROLLED BY ANY PERSON, GROUP OR ENTITY FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUPPORTING CANDIDATES FOR ELECTED POLITICAL OFFICE AND/OR OTHER POLITICAL PARTY OR POLITICAL COMMITTEES BY MAKING CONTRIBUTIONS TO SUCH CANDIDATES AND/OR THEIR POLITICAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEES OR BY MAKING CONTRIBUTIONS TO OTHER POLITICAL PARTY OR OTHER POLITICAL COMMITTEES, AND DOES NOT MAKE DIRECT EXPENDITURES ON BEHALF OF CANDIDATES. S 9. Section 14-114 of the election law is amended by adding a new subdivision 11 to read as follows: 11. NO POLITICAL PARTY COMMITTEE, POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE OR POLI- TICAL COMMITTEE SHALL CONTRIBUTE TO ANY CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE TO A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION FOR EITHER THE PRIMARY OR GENERAL ELECTION. NOR SHALL ANY CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE TO A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION SOLICIT OR ACCEPT CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ANY POLITICAL PARTY COMMITTEE, POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE OR POLITICAL COMMITTEE FOR EITHER THE PRIMARY OR GENERAL ELECTION. S 10. The election law is amended by adding a new article 18 to read as follows: ARTICLE 18 REGISTRATION AND REPORTS BY CERTAIN PERSONS PROMOTING OR OPPOSING THE ADOPTION OF PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS BY A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION SECTION 18-100. REGISTRATION AND REPORTS BY CERTAIN PERSONS PROMOTING OR OPPOSING THE ADOPTION OF PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS BY A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. S 18-100. REGISTRATION AND REPORTS BY CERTAIN PERSONS PROMOTING OR OPPOSING THE ADOPTION OF PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS BY A CONSTI- TUTIONAL CONVENTION. 1. EVERY PERSON RETAINED OR EMPLOYED FOR COMPEN- SATION BY ANY PERSON, FIRM, CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION WHO, ON BEHALF OF SUCH PRINCIPAL OR EMPLOYER, PROMOTES OR OPPOSES DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY THE ADOPTION OF A PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT OR AMENDMENTS BY A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, WHETHER OR NOT HE OR SHE HAS A PERSONAL INTEREST THEREIN, SHALL, BEFORE ANY SERVICE IS ENTERED UPON IN PROMOTING OR OPPOSING SUCH PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT OR AMENDMENTS, FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE A WRITING SUBSCRIBED BY SUCH PERSON STATING THE NAME OR NAMES OF THE PERSON OR PERSONS, FIRM OR FIRMS, CORPORATION OR CORPORATIONS, ASSOCIATION OR ASSOCIATIONS, BY WHOM OR ON WHOSE BEHALF HE OR SHE IS RETAINED OR EMPLOYED, TOGETHER WITH A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT OR AMENDMENTS IN REFERENCE TO WHICH SUCH SERVICE IS TO BE RENDERED. 2. IT SHALL BE THE DUTY OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO PROVIDE A DOCKET TO BE KNOWN AS THE DOCKET OF CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION APPEARANCES, WITH APPROPRIATE BLANKS AND INDICES, AND TO FORTHWITH ENTER THEREIN THE NAMES OF THE PERSONS SO RETAINED OR EMPLOYED AND OF THE PERSONS, FIRMS, CORPO- RATIONS OR ASSOCIATIONS RETAINING OR EMPLOYING THEM, TOGETHER WITH A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT OR AMENDMENTS IN REFERENCE TO WHICH THE SERVICE IS TO BE RENDERED, WHICH DOCKET SHALL BE OPEN TO PUBLIC INSPECTION. 3. UPON THE TERMINATION OF SUCH RETAINER OR EMPLOYMENT THE FACT OF SUCH TERMINATION, WITH THE DATE THEREOF, SHALL BE ENTERED IN THE DOCKET BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE UPON RECEIVING WRITTEN NOTICE TO THAT EFFECT FROM SUCH PERSON OR FROM THE PERSON, FIRM, CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION IN WHOSE BEHALF SUCH SERVICE HAS BEEN RENDERED. S. 4379 6 4. NO PERSON RETAINED OR EMPLOYED TO PROMOTE OR OPPOSE, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, THE ADOPTION OF A PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT OR AMENDMENTS BY A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO SERVE AS A DELEGATE TO SUCH CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. 5. NO PERSON, FIRM, CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION SHALL RETAIN OR EMPLOY ANY PERSON TO PROMOTE OR OPPOSE ANY PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT OR AMENDMENTS FOR COMPENSATION CONTINGENT IN WHOLE OR IN PART UPON THE ADOPTION OR DEFEAT OF ANY SUCH AMENDMENT OR AMENDMENTS BY THE CONSTITU- TIONAL CONVENTION, AND NO PERSON SHALL ACCEPT ANY SUCH EMPLOYMENT OR RENDER ANY SUCH SERVICE FOR COMPENSATION CONTINGENT UPON SUCH ADOPTION OR DEFEAT. 6. NO PERSON SHALL FOR COMPENSATION ENGAGE IN PROMOTING OR OPPOSING ANY PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT OR AMENDMENTS BY SUCH CONSTITU- TIONAL CONVENTION EXCEPT UPON APPEARANCE ENTERED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOREGOING PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. 7. IT SHALL BE THE DUTY OF EVERY PERSON, FIRM, CORPORATION, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE, OR ASSOCIATION, (WHETHER OR NOT REQUIRED TO FILE PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION), NOT LATER THAN APRIL FIFTEENTH, IN ANY YEAR IN WHICH A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION IS CONVENED AND IN WHICH A PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT OR AMENDMENTS BY A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION IS PUT TO THE VOTERS, TO FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE AN ITEMIZED STATEMENT VERIFIED BY THE OATH OF SUCH PERSON, OR IN CASE OF A FIRM BY THE OATH OF A MEMBER THEREOF, OR IN CASE OF A DOMESTIC CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION BY THE OATH OF AN OFFICER THEREOF, OR IN CASE OF A FOREIGN CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION BY THE OATH OF AN OFFICER OR AGENT THEREOF, SHOWING IN DETAIL ALL EXPENSES PAID, INCURRED OR PROMISED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY IN EACH YEAR THROUGH THE CONCLUSION OF THE YEAR IN WHICH ANY PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT OR AMENDMENTS BY A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION HAVE BEEN PUT TO THE VOTERS, IN CONNECTION WITH PROMOTING OR OPPOSING ANY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT OR AMENDMENTS WHICH MAY BE PROPOSED AT SUCH CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, WITH THE NAMES OF THE PAYEES AND THE AMOUNT PAID TO EACH, INCLUDING ALL DISBURSEMENTS PAID, INCURRED OR PROMISED TO PERSONS EMPLOYED OR RETAINED, AND ALSO SPECIFYING THE NATURE OF SUCH CONSTITUTIONAL AMEND- MENT OR AMENDMENTS, AND THE INTEREST THEREIN OF SUCH PERSON, FIRM, CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, NO SUCH ITEMIZED STATE- MENT NEED BE FILED IF THE TOTAL OF SUCH ITEMIZED EXPENSES IS LESS THAN TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS. 8. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE STATE NOR SHALL SUBDIVISIONS ONE, FIVE AND NINE OF THIS SECTION APPLY TO A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN, VILLAGE, PUBLIC BOARD OR INSTITUTION, OR THEIR AGENTS OR EMPLOYEES; NOR SHALL THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION BE CONSTRUED AS AFFECTING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES IN DRAFTING A PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT OR AMENDMENTS OR IN ADVISING CLIENTS OR IN RENDERING OPINIONS AS TO THE CONSTRUCTION AND EFFECT OF ANY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT OR AMENDMENTS WHICH MAY BE PROPOSED AT SUCH CONVENTION WHERE SUCH PROFES- SIONAL SERVICE IS NOT OTHERWISE CONNECTED WITH CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION ACTION. 9. ON OR BEFORE APRIL TWENTY-FOURTH IN ANY YEAR IN WHICH A CONSTITU- TIONAL CONVENTION IS CONVENED, THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL FURNISH TO EACH DELEGATE TO SUCH CONVENTION A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE DOCKET OF CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION APPEARANCES, AND ON OR BEFORE SUCH DATE SHALL ALSO TRANSMIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF SUCH CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION A COPY OF EVERY STATEMENT FILED IN HIS OR HER OFFICE UP TO AND INCLUDING SUCH DATE PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION SIX OF THIS SECTION. S. 4379 7 10. EVERY PERSON, EVERY MEMBER OF ANY FIRM, AND EVERY ASSOCIATION OR CORPORATION VIOLATING ANY PROVISION OF THIS SECTION AND EVERY PERSON CAUSING OR PARTICIPATING IN A VIOLATION THEREOF SHALL BE GUILTY OF A MISDEMEANOR AND, IN CASE OF AN INDIVIDUAL, SHALL BE PUNISHABLE BY IMPRI- SONMENT IN A PENITENTIARY OR COUNTY JAIL FOR NOT MORE THAN ONE YEAR OR BY A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS OR BY BOTH, AND, IN CASE OF AN ASSOCIATION OR CORPORATION, BY A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN ONE THOU- SAND DOLLARS. IN ADDITION TO THE PENALTIES HEREINBEFORE IMPOSED ANY CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION FAILING TO FILE THE STATEMENT OF EXPENSES PRESCRIBED BY THIS SECTION SHALL FORFEIT TO THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK THE SUM OF ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER DAY FOR EACH DAY FOLLOWING THE EXPIRATION OF THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE TIME FIXED BY SUBDIVISION SIX OF THIS SECTION FOR FILING SUCH STATEMENT, TO BE RECOVERED IN AN ACTION TO BE BROUGHT BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. S 11. Section 30 of the public officers law is amended by adding a new subdivision 1-a to read as follows: 1-A. WHENEVER ANY STATE OR LOCAL OFFICER, AS THOSE TERMS ARE DEFINED IN SECTION TWO OF THIS CHAPTER, IS ELECTED AND SWORN AS A DELEGATE TO A STATE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, SUCH OFFICIAL WILL BE DEEMED TO HAVE VACATED HIS OR HER STATE OR LOCAL OFFICE AND THE SAID OFFICE WILL BE DEEMED VACANT FOR PURPOSES OF THE NOMINATION AND APPOINTMENT OF A SUCCESSOR. S 12. No later than 180 days prior to the convening of the constitu- tional convention, and solely as an aid to delegates, there shall be appointed a constitutional convention preparatory commission whose purpose shall be to study the issues, establish a proposed initial agen- da and procedures, and prepare position papers, with ongoing information to and participation of the public. Members of the commission shall be appointed as follows: two each by the governor, the majority leader of the senate and the speaker of the assembly, and one each by the minority leader of the senate and the minority leader of the assembly. The members shall elect a chair. S 13. Severability. If any provision of this act, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unconstitutional, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the provision of this act, or in its application to the person or circumstance, directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered. S 14. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the provisions of section four of this act shall not take effect unless and until the question proposed in section three of this act shall have been submitted to the people at the general election to be held in the next succeeding November after the effective date of this act, and shall have received a majority of all votes cast for and against it at such election. Upon approval by the people, section four of this act shall take effect immediately. The ballots to be furnished for the use of the voters upon the submission of section three of this act shall be in the form prescribed by the election law, and the proposition or question to be submitted shall be printed in the following form: "Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?"
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