Voters Could Approve Effort To Clean Up State Constitution ‘Clutter’

In Politics NY, Bill Mahoney discusses the important issue of reforming the state constitution:

“Next year, New York’s voters will decide whether or not to hold a state constitutional convention, which means they will be deciding what to do about a document that is littered with anachronisms, oddities and meaningless language.

For example: A section on the elimination of railroad grade crossings gives details about bonds that were retired three decades ago. Another section details how the state will go about funding bonuses for World War II veterans. And yet another section on municipal debt contains language referring to bonds issued before 1910 by New York City for dock improvements.”

The article is based, in part, on research work by Peter Galie and Christopher Bopst who published articles on the constitution in the Albany Law Review and co-author a book to be published by SUNY Press next month on the constitution (note- I am the co-author on a chapter on redistricting).




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