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Nuts and bolts of a NYS Constitutional Convention

The intricacies of a state Constitutional convention will be discussed Monday when the League of Women Voters Rochester Metropolitan Area hosts a forum, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave., Rochester.

The event is open to all.

Voters will decide in 2017 whether or not a constitutional convention should be held. They rejected the prospect in 1997. The last convention was in 1967 when voters then rejected its recommendations. LWV-RMA and The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester believe it is time to start educating voters on the process.

Speaking at the forum will be Peter J. Galie, emeritus professor of political science at Canisius College and Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb, R-Canandaigua and Assembly minority leader.

Galie is an expert on the state Constitution, author of several books on NYS government and its constitution. He will discuss all the steps involved in the Constitutional Convention process from now through the presentation of the recommendations of a convention, if one is held, to the voters. He will also provide insight into the contents of the 45-page New York State Constitution.

Kolb has a long history as a strong advocate for reforming New York state through constitutional change. He will talk about the importance of having a Constitution that permits the effective and efficient governance of the state and, from his perspective, how the current Constitution helps and/or hinders that purpose.

To register or for more information, visit our website: www.lwv-rma.org

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