senate Bill S4379

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Provides for the submission to the people of a proposition or question to convene a constitutional convention

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 04, 2012 referred to elections
Jun 24, 2011 committed to rules
May 04, 2011 advanced to third reading
May 03, 2011 2nd report cal.
May 02, 2011 1st report cal.399
Apr 01, 2011 referred to elections

Votes

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May 2, 2011 - Elections committee Vote

S4379
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Elections Committee Vote: May 2, 2011

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S4379 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1262
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§1-104, 14-100 & 14-114, add §§2-128 & 6-125 & Art 18 §18-100, El L; amd §30, Pub Off L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S6156, A9157

S4379 - Summary

Provides for the submission to the people of a proposition or question to convene a constitutional convention.

S4379 - Sponsor Memo

S4379 - Bill Text download pdf

                    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

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