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Connections: Is this the year New York State holds a constitutional convention, part one

Aug 18, 2017

This fall could be the first time since 1967 that a constitutional convention will be held in New York State. New York voters have an opportunity to hold a convention every 20 years. It gives New Yorkers a chance to reexamine how our state works, and to make improvements and changes to the state constitution.

There's a heated debate on both sides of the issue. Lawmakers and unions oppose a convention, saying it would roll back worker protections. Other groups support a convention, saying the constitution needs reform. 

We discuss the process, and if it is held, what a constitutional convention could accomplish. Our guests: