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The 1986 constitutional convention was an unlimited convention established by public law 1985 chapter 326, approved June 27 “An Act Calling for a Constitutional Convention of the People of the State of Rhode Island for the Purpose of Amending or Revising the Constitution and Making an Appropriation Therefore.”  With venues both the Rhode Island State House and the Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence one hundred delegates representing each district of the state convened from January 6 to June 26, 1986.  Officers of the convention included Kevin A. McKenna serving as president, Albert Rainville vice – president and James R. Langevin secretary.  Over three hundred and fifty resolutions were considered by the convention with sixty four approved by the delegates.  At the general election held November 4, 1986, fourteen ballot questions were then presented to the electorate. Six were rejected (#2, 3, 4, 5, 13 & 14), and eight approved (#1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12).  The final ratification of the constitution took place on December 4 1986 and stands as the last constitutional convention held in Rhode Island. Collection comprises twelve (12) series with various sub series arranged either alphabetically or chronologically and includes videotaped plenary sessions, transcripts of proceedings, journals, committee files, subject files, ballot questions, resolutions, realia (convention stamps), publicity files, public information videotapes & audio tapes.  C#00339

November 4, 1986 Election Result total:

Question (1) Rewrite of the present constitution, approve 188,942; reject 96,453

Question (2) Judicial Selection and discipline approve 126,542; reject 147,578

Question (3) Legislative pay and mileage, approve 98,845; reject 178,775

Question (4) Four year terms and recall, approve 116,379; reject 166,777

Question (5) Voter Initiate, approve 129,309; reject 139,314

Question (6) Ethics in government, approve 143,973; reject 125,964

Question (7) Budget powers and executive succession, approve 173,010; reject 92,435

Question (8) Rights of the people, approve 160,137; reject 115,730

Question (9) Shore use and environmental protection, approve 183,021; reject 88,046

Question (10) Felon office holding and voting, approve 164,863; reject 101,262

Question (11) Libraries, approve 182,931; reject 87,494

Question (12) Bail, approve 177,977; reject 96,896

Question (13) Home rule, approve 84,757; reject 182,002

Question (14) Paramount right to life / abortion approve 102,633; reject 197,520.

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