Group launches drive to push for voters to approve Rhode Island constitutional convention

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — A coalition is launching a drive to push for Rhode Island voters to approve a constitutional convention when they go to the polls in November.

WPRO reports (http://bit.ly/1thUXKi ) that Renew RI announced its effort on Wednesday.

The last constitutional convention was held in 1986. In 2004, voters rejected holding one.

If a convention is held, locally elected delegates would consider proposed constitutional amendments that would have to be approved by voters.

Gary Sasse, co-chair of the coalition, says it's the only route to get critical issues before the people.

Some groups have opposed the convention, saying they fear it could put civil liberties up for a vote.

Former Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Robert Flanders calls that a "false issue" saying those rights are already protected at the federal level.

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