Convention authorized by public law 1963, chapter 211, approved June 12 “An Act Inviting the People to Assemble, by Their Delegates, in Special Convention for the Purpose of Revising, Altering, or Amending the Constitution, of Framing a New Constitution.” Placed on the ballot at the general election held November 3, 1963, question approved by the electorate 158,241 to 70,975. Convention with 100 delegates convened at the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in Providence, December 8, 1964 with Dennis J. Roberts chosen as chairman and August P. LaFrance serving as permanent secretary. The convention with twelve committees met for a period of four years with proposed constitution approved December 4, 1967. Brought before the electorate at a special election held April 16, 1968, constitution overwhelmingly defeated by a vote of 69,110 to 17,615. Convention officially adjourned February 17, 1969. Author: Kenneth S. Carlson
Scope and Contents: Records documenting the first open unlimited constitutional convention authorized since 1842 as approved by the voters at the general election held November 3, 1964. Proposed constitution as ratified in convention rejected by voters at special elections held April 16, 1968. Records grouped into eight series; (1) proposals & resolutions; (2) convention journals; (3) committee files; (4) public hearings; (5) newspaper clippings; (6) research department reports; (7) proceedings, 3 volumes and (8) miscellaneous convention papers & documents.