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Albany, New York (March 27, 2017) - The League of Women Voters of New York State announced today its support for calling a New York State Constitutional Convention. On November 7, 2017, New Yorkers will have an opportunity, which occurs only once every 20 years, to call for a Constitutional Convention to be convened in 2019 to consider changes to the New York State Constitution. Any proposed changes recommended by the Convention would be subject to voter approval. Full Press Release
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On November 7, 2017, voters will go into voting booths throughout New York State and, as they are every 20 years, be asked to decide the constitutionally mandated question, "Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?"
Some background... The New York State Constitution mandates that every 20 years voters be presented with this ballot question. A constitutional convention allows delegates, elected by the people, to gather and examine our state's Constitution. The delegates can strike current text and propose changes and new provisions to the document. Changes to language can be made for greater clarity and understanding, or to streamline what is already in place. New provisions would serve to address issues that the current constitution does not address. Our Constitution is over two centuries old; changes can help to address the modern issues we face in the 21st century. All convention proposals must be put before the people who ultimately decide whether or not they will support or oppose the recommended changes.
Since 1777 New York State has held nine Constitutional Conventions, four of which resulted in the adoption of new constitutions. We are now governed by the 1894 Constitution, which has been amended over 225 times. Each new constitutional amendment has added additional bulk to the already verbose state Constitution, seven times longer than the US Constitution and one of the longest state constitutions in the nation.
Video - Should we have a Constitutional Convention? League of Women Voters of White Planes forum on holding a Constitutional Convention. This forum was presented by Sally Robinson, LWVNYS Vice President of Issues and Advocacy.
"In lieu of amendment of the Charter School Act to increase the total number of charters that could be granted, it supports retention of the current total (100) with amendment of the Charter School Act so that a charter could be reissued if a charter school ceased to function for any reason."
The charter school cap is the statutory limit on the number of charter schools that can open in New York State. The 100 charter school cap has been exceeded over the years and is no longer a relevant number. The charter cap is divided by the New York City area and the non-New York City area. Currently the state cap is set at 460 with a smaller sub-cap for New York City. In New York City, 45 total charters are available to be issued in the future, and in regions outside of New York City, 102 total charters are available to be issued.
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The LWVUS study is not about any particular amendment; rather it is about establishing guidelines for evaluating amendments. The study asks us to first decide what constitutes an appropriate and well-crafted amendment. The second part of the study considers the possibility of convening a Constitutional Convention to consider the passage of a proposed amendment.
This process has never been successfully used and so it is rife with questions such as how it would work, who would be the delegates, how they would be chosen and what the convention could consider once convened.
The court's decision affirms the constitutionality of an Arizona state ballot measure approved by voters in 2000, which allowed an independent commissioner to determine congressional districts in the state.
State legislatures determine congressional district boundaries after each census, as dictated by the constitution, but the Arizona measure sought to undo this model, which is widely understood as a tool for partisan lawmakers to divvy up districts to favor the political party in power + also known as gerrymandering.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the elections clause of the US constitution does not disallow such commissions from being created.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in the majority opinion that the clause "doubly empowers the people" for redistricting purposes.
The Supreme Court's oral arguments for the case focused on what precisely a "legislature" is and its decision could have changed the look of the state house. California has a similar commission; this ruling effectively affirms its validity too.
The Supreme Court's ruling could help limit the practice of gerrymandering.
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