While in the past Common Cause has opposed the constitutional convention referendum, in 2014 we have chosen not to take a position on Questino #3 and instead engage in public education. Here are some of the reasons why we made that decision.
On March 29th Common Cause Rhode Island cosponsored a forum with the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership, Roger Williams University School of Law and the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island to explore the question of a constitutional convention. We will use this page as a clearinghouse for resources about this issue for Rhode Island.
- ‘A Constitutional Convention for Rhode Island?’ Agenda
- Video of the constitutional convention forum: Part One, Part Two
- 1986 ConCon fact sheet
- Legislatively initiated constitutional change in Rhode Island: the last 10 years
- Ten years of legislatively initiated constitutional change: 50 state analysis
- Getting from here to there: Twenty-First Century mechanisms and opportunities in state constitutional reform by G. Alan Tarr and Robert F. Williams
- An infographic explaining the constitutional convention process from 1984-1986.
- Excerpts of John Marion’s talk, Tarr and Williams’ talks, Brown, Goldstein and Flanders panel.
- 1985 election of delegates campaign finance summary
- 1985 election of delegates campaign finance data spreadsheet
- 1986 Voters’ Guide to Fourteen Ballot Questions for Constitutional Revision