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NY Voters Could Push For Reforms at 2017 Constitutional Convention

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With multiple state lawmakers being found guilty of corruption and abuse of power, voters have a chance to reform Albany.

New York voters will be asked in 2017 if they want to call a constitutional convention to consider changes to the state’s founding document.

Those supporting the idea say constitutional changes could overhaul campaign finance, combat corruption and change the way the state oversees education, health care, and social services.

If a convention is authorized, voters would pick delegates and have the final say over any changes.

New York’s current constitution was written in 1894 and last revised in 1938.

The last constitutional convention was held in 1967. The changes recommended by the delegates were defeated by voters. Voters decided against calling conventions in 1977 and 1997.

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