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State Constitutional Conference at SUNY Cortland Today to Examine Proposed Amendments
Thursday, September 19, 2013
State Constitutional Conference at SUNY Cortland Today to Examine Proposed Amendments
SUNY Cortland is hosting a conference today on the proposed changes to the State constitution that are headed to voters in the November election.

The conference which runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at SUNY Cortland’s Corey Union Function Room will feature some of state’s top constitutional experts.
 
The panel will discuss potential impacts of the proposed state constitutional amendments, and whether to hold a state constitutional convention to extensively reform the New York state constitution.
 
Voters will decide on the six amendments in November and two more in 2014.
 
The most noteworthy change on the ballot is whether to allow up to seven casinos to be located in New York. Gaming interests for and against the proposal are likely to spend money on ads to promote their positions, according to the news release.
 
Another ballot measure would allow for state Supreme Court judges to serve until age 80. The current retirement age is 70.
 
The conference will also look ahead to 2017, and the required ballot initiative asking voters to consider whether to hold a constitutional convention for considering further reforms to state government.
 
The conference will also address Constitutional home rule, which was passed 50 years ago.
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