Katz and Kolb Call for Constitutional Convention

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Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb hold a copy of the state constitution as Assemblyman Steve Katz looks on.

Assemblyman Steve Katz (R-99) was joined by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-129) Tuesday at the Mahopac Library to discuss holding a special Constitutional Convention to make changes to the New York State Constitution.

Both Kolb and Katz favored the idea of calling for a Constitutional Convention before 2017, when the voters will automatically be asked to decide whether the state should hold its regularly scheduled bi-decennial convention. A constitutional convention allows changes to the constitution to be put up for a referendum without the normal process of having to be approved by two consecutive state legislatures.

New York last held a Constitutional Convention in 1967, but the amendments proposed were rejected by the voters. The last convention to lead to changes in the state constitution was held in 1938.

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