Convention authorized by public law 1973 chapter 98, “An Act to Provide for Calling a Constitutional Convention of the People of the State of Rhode Island for the Purpose of Amending the Constitution and Making an Appropriation Therefore.” Convention with one hundred delegates convened at the State House September 4, 1973 with William E. Powers chosen as chairman and Patrick T. Conley as permanent secretary. Meeting for one month ninety-one proposals were reviewed with seven proposed amendments submitted to the electorate at a special election held November 6, 1973. Five of seven amendment were approved; (1) suffrage, 72,065 to 30,258; (2) qualifications of office 77,884 to 24,720; (3) grand jury 60,400 to 35,808; (4) lotteries 83,757 to 25,840 & (5) constitutional revisions and amendments, 56,072 to 34,953. Defeated included four year terms for general officers 55,998 to 52,332 & legislative compensation 51,050 to 50,310. Convention convened October 4, 1973 Author: Kenneth S. Carlson
Scope and Contents: 1973 constitutional convention was an unlimited convention in which seven ballot questions were put before the voters in a special election; (1) suffrage (approved); (2) qualification for office (approved) (3) grand jury (approved); (4) lotteries (approved); (5); constitutional amendments and revisions (approved); (6) four year terms for general officers (rejected) & (7) legislative compensation (rejected). Material arranged within five series; lottery information drawn from other states including state revenues, ads, sample tickets; convention meeting transcripts; proposals & resolutions; committee reports arranged alphabetically according to subject and various administrative records including correspondence, press releases, delagate lists, newspaper clippings, etc.