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Mending the State Constitution without a Convention
By Bennett Liebman · 2018
This publication provides a path based on precedent for addressing problems with the New York State Constitution.
Read Commentary: A stronger constitution | Times Union | January 13, 2018
One Hundred and Six Ideas for Constitutional Change: What Commentators, Scholars, Politicians, the Media, and Pundits Have Suggested Might Merit Consideration If New York Holds a Constitutional Convention
Compiled by Scott N. Fein
Edited by Andrew B. Ayers and Jim Malatras · September 2017
This compilation contains issues identified by observers and others as potentially suitable for discussion at a constitutional convention in New York.
What Are You Going to Do About It? Ethics and Corruption Issues in the New York State Constitution
By Bennett Liebman · April 2017
This publication explores efforts in New York to add ethics provisions into the New York State Constitution.
Protections in the New York State Constitution Beyond the Federal Bill of Rights
Edited by Scott N. Fein and Andrew B. Ayers · April 18, 2017
with contributions invited by the Government Law Center and the Rockefeller Institute
This publication illuminates protections recognized by the New York State Constitution that are not granted by the United States Constitution.
Gambling in the New York State Constitution Before Casinos
By Bennett Liebman · August 2015
Gaming Law Review and Economics, Vol. 19, No. 6: 428–443, August 2015
This article reviews the history and status of casino gambling and the New York State Constitution before the 2012 Legislature that began the process of adding casinos to the Constitution.
Changing the Timing of the State of the State Address
By Bennett Liebman · August 21, 2015
This paper reviews the Constitutional history governing the State of the State address in New York State. It also shows how the State of the State address has evolved from being a written paper to a gubernatorial speech.
Reviving the Pocket Veto in New York State
By Bennett Liebman · March 3, 2015
Government Reform, A Government Law Center blog
This blog post discusses the meaning of a pocket veto under the New York State Constitution.
Gambling and the New York State Constitution
By Bennett Liebman · 2010
Government Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 2010
This publication provides a review of the history of gambling in New York State and considers what can be done to create a more rational constitutional and jurisdictional basis for the State's conduct of gambling.
The Judge of the Qualifications of its Members
By Bennett Liebman · Spring 2010
This article reviews the history of Constitution Article III, § 9 providing that "Each house shall... be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members"; its usage in New York history; and the history of similar provisions in other states and the federal government. It also tries to identify some of the potential problems raised by the case of former New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate.
The Past as Present: The Last 'Dead Heat' in the State Senate, 100 years Ago
By Bennett Liebman · January 2009
New York State Bar Association Journal, Vol. 81, No. 1, January 2009
This article reviews the power of the lieutenant governor, or presiding officer, in the New York State Senate if the Senate were to become equally divided. It places the power in its political and historical contexts, which may serve as guides to the present.
Removing or Impeaching the New York State Comptroller
By Bennett Liebman · 2007
This article explains the laws and options in New York State governing the removal of the State Comptroller. It also explains how a vacancy in the office of the State Comptroller would be filled.