New York Needs to Amend the State’s Constitution

gov_paterson1New York Needs to Amend the State’s Constitution

Constitutional powers

The Legislature is empowered to make law, subject to the governor’s power to veto a bill. However, the veto may be overridden by the Legislature if there is a two-thirds majority in favor of overriding in each House. Furthermore, it has the power to propose New York Constitution amendments by a majority vote, and then another majority vote following an election. If so proposed, the amendment becomes valid if agreed to by the voters at a referendum.

As Amended and in Force since January 1, 2002




Bill of Rights


Article 1:  Section 9


§9. 1. No law shall be passed abridging the rights of the people peaceably to

assemble and to petition the government, or any department thereof; nor shall

any divorce be granted otherwise than by due judicial proceedings; except as

hereinafter provided, [no lottery or the sale of lottery tickets, pool-selling,

book-making, or any other kind of gambling, except lotteries operated by the

state and the sale of lottery tickets in connection therewith as may be

authorized and prescribed by the legislature, the net proceeds of which shall be

applied exclusively to or in aid or support of education in this state as the

legislature may prescribe, and except pari-mutual betting on horse races as may

be prescribed by the legislature and from which the state shall derive a

reasonable revenue for the support of government, shall hereafter be authorized

or allowed within this state; and the legislature shall pass appropriate laws to

prevent offenses against any of the provisions of this section].


Wednesday, February 11, 2009



Published: January 29, 1997


The State Senate overwhelmingly rejected a constitutional amendment to legalize casino gambling today, effectively killing the proposal until at least 1999…

…The Senate majority leader, Joseph L. Bruno, a Republican of Rensselaer County, said after today’s vote that he would be willing to restart the lengthy process of amending the State Constitution later this year if he detected broad support for a different casino amendment — probably one that included New York City. Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and many Senate Democrats had harshly attacked the current proposal because it would not have allowed casinos in New York City….

The legislature shall pass appropriate laws to effectuate the

purposes of this subdivision, ensure that such games are rigidly regulated to

prevent commercialized gambling, prevent participation by criminal and other

undesirable elements and the diversion of funds from the purposes authorized

hereunder and establish a method by which a municipality which has authorized

such games may rescind or revoke such authorization. Unless permitted by the

legislature, no municipality shall have the power to pass local laws or

ordinances relating to such games. Nothing in this section shall prevent the

legislature from passing laws more restrictive than any of the provisions of

this section. (Amendment approved by vote of the people November 7, 1939;

further amended by vote of the people November 5, 1957; November 8, 1966;

November 4, 1975; November 6, 1984; November 7, 2001.)

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  1. […] New York Needs to Amend the State’s Constitution:  [Article 1 Section 9] […]

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