|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|
senate Bill S4379
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
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- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S4379 - Details
S4379 - Summary
Provides for the submission to the people of a proposition or question to convene a constitutional convention.
S4379 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S4379 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law and the public officers law, in relation to providing for the submission to the people of a proposition or question to convene a constitutional convention PURPOSE: 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".
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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