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


May 3, 2024.

Description: Letter from Vincent Marzullo, Delegate to Rhode Island’s 1986 Constitutional Convention, to Rhode Island Secretary of State Gregg M. Amore, regarding the Rhode Island Constitution’s requirement that the legislature convene a “bi-partisan preparatory commission” prior to the Nov. 5, 2024 vote on whether to call a convention. The Rhode Island Legislature’s leadership and Attorney General are cc’d on the letter.

May 2, 2024, 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Title: League Day at the State House: The Rhode Island Constitutional Convention: History, Significance, and Citizen Participation

Location: Governor’s Reception Room, 82 Smith StProvidence Rhode Island 02903

Description: Rhode Island’s Constitution requires that every ten years the question of whether to hold a Constitutional Convention be placed on the ballot for the citizens to decide.  There are many reasons for and against opening a convention which will be the focus of the presentations and questions from the audience. 


  • Attorney Steve Frias, Moderator
  • Professor Matthew Ulricksen, Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI)
  • Vimala Phongsavnh, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
  • Representative June Speakman, District 68

J.H. Snider Note: In recent years, the League of Women Voters has generally been hostile to calling state constitutional conventions. Planned Parenthood of Southern New England was one of the two key groups that organized the no campaign the last time the convention issue was on the ballot in 2014.