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Panel Voting on Constitutional Convention Question

 
Panel Voting on Constitutional Convention Question

NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A House panel is set to vote on legislation that would place a question on the ballot on whether Rhode Island should hold its first constitutional convention in nearly 30 years.

The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday. The Senate already approved a companion bill.

The outcome of the votes is effectively moot because the secretary of state plans to put the referendum on the ballot if the General Assembly doesn't.

In 2004, voters rejected holding a constitutional convention. The last one was held in 1986.

If a convention is held, locally elected delegates would consider proposed amendments to the state constitution that would later have to be endorsed by voters.

House Judiciary will also vote on a bill creating a commission to review possible questions before the fall.

SHUTTERSTOCK Dave Newman

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