A constitutional convention?

December 21, 2009

imagesNext November’s ballot could be brimming with various propositions. There’s already talk of voters being asked to decide legalization of marijuana and gay marriage. Now add a possible call for a statewide constitutional convention in Sacramento to the growing list.

Greg Lucas, writing on the blog California’s Capitol suggests that a vote on whether to call a constitutional convention will indeed be on the 2010 ballot. Attorney General Jerry Brown must approve a 16-page document outlining the process before signatures can be gathered — about 700,000 will be required. The last constitutional convention in California was held in 1878.

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Wikipedia has an entry on the California Constitution, and the recent efforts to more substantially reform it. It’s not a long read, but it does note that there are two main groups in the state pushing for revision. They each have different ideas about how to go about the process (i.e. convention with delegates, or a group selected by lottery), as well as how extensive the constitution revision would be. Any new constitution would require voter approval.

Sadly, Wikipedia can not be relied upon as an unbiased source for facts on anythng.

The recent revelation of how their articles on global warming were co-opted by an individual who rewrote or removed information (e.g. the articles on the Medieval Warming Period simply disappeared) critical of global warming theories underscores Wikipedia’s unreliability.

For more info on this see here:


or for a more general critique of Wikipedia, see here:


A paragraph or two explaining what a constitutional convention is, and why this is significan, might help oaves like me who can’t remember all they learned in Civics class. Thanks.