Rhode Island Constitution
|Rhode Island Constitution|
|Preamble • I • II • III • IV • V • VI • VII • VIII • IX • X • XI • XII • XIII • XIV • XV|
The Rhode Island Constitution consists of a preamble followed by 15 articles.
- Declaration of Certain Constitutional Rights and Principles
- Of Qualification for Office
- Of Elections and Campaign Finance
- Of the Distribution of Powers
- Of the Legislative Power
- Of the House of Representatives
- Of the Senate
- Of the Executive Power
- Of the Judicial Power
- Of Impeachments
- Of Education
- Home Rule for Cities and Towns
- Constitutional Amendments and Revision
- General Transition
Amending the constitution
- Main article: Article XIV, Rhode Island Constitution
- Amendments may be proposed "by a roll call vote of a majority of the members elected to each house."
- The proposed amendment "shall be published in such manner as the general assembly shall direct."
- Votes on amendments take place only at general elections.
- If a simple majority of voters approve the amendment, it goes into the constitution.
- The question, "Shall there be a convention to amend or revise the constitution?", can go on the ballot if approved by a simple majority of the members of both houses of the state's general assembly.
- If the question hasn't appeared on the ballot at any time in a given ten-year period, the Rhode Island Secretary of State must place it on the ballot as an automatic ballot referral.
- If the state's voters by a simple majority vote to hold a convention, then a convention shall be held.
Rhode Island has a unique provision about elections on the constitutional convention question. It is, "Prior to a vote by the qualified electors on the holding of a convention, the general assembly, or the governor if the general assembly fails to act, shall provide for a bi-partisan preparatory commission to assemble information on constitutional questions for the electors." This means that before the vote is held, a preparatory commission must be created to do some groundwork for a convention, if the state's voters choose to hold one.
State of Rhode Island
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | General Treasurer | Auditor General | Commissioner of Education | Superintendent of Insurance | Commissioner of Agriculture | Director of Environmental Management | Director of Labor | Chair of Public Utilities |