The Rhode Island State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse

Information on Rhode Island's constitutionally mandated Nov. 5, 2024 constitutional convention referendum, including news, opinion, and history

News

Gregg, Katherine and Patrick Anderson, Legislature finishes with votes on $13.9B budget, granny flats, criminal records, Providence Journal, June 14, 2023.

Gregg, Katherine and Patrick Anderson, Legislature headed for finish with votes on $13.9B budget, granny flats, criminal records, Newport Daily News, June 13, 2024.

Fitzpatrick, Edward, Key issues to watch as R.I. General Assembly races to the finish line, Boston Globe, June 13, 2024.

Shea, Christopher, Constitutional conventions: a relic of old or a chance for reform? It’s time for voters to decide, Rhode Island Current, June 11, 2024. J.H. Snider correction: There are fourteen, not five, states in the U.S. that have the periodic constitutional convention referendum.

Anderson, Patrick, and Katherin Gregg, RI House lawmakers approve $13.9B budget, Providence Journal, June 7, 2024. “Rep. Evan Shanley, a Warwick Democrat, suggested an inspector general is an ‘excellent’ idea, but one that is better addressed in a Constitutional Convention than in the budget.” See also Office of Inspector General an idea whose time has come, Providence Journal, June 8, 2024.

Anderson, Patrick, Should RI reopen the state Constitution? Voters may decide in November, Providence Journal, June 4, 2024.

Fitzpatrick, Edward, R.I. debates whether to hold a state constitutional convention, Boston Globe, June 3, 2024.

Will RI vote for a Constitutional Convention in 2024?, Providence Journal, Jan. 9, 2023.

Frazier, Kevin, Vote Yes for a Constitutional Convention (for Rhode Island), Democracy Paradox, Jan. 9, 2023.

 

Opinion

Letter: Conley, Patrick, Time is running out, Providence Journal, May 18, 2024. [J.H. Snider Note: The author drafted the periodic constitutional convention referendum as a delegate at Rhode Island’s 1973 constitutional convention.]

Op-ed: Snider, J.H., and Gary Sasse, It’s past time for RI to prep for Nov. 5 constitutional convention, Providence Journal, May 12, 2024.