Are voters likely to approve all the amendments passed by convention delegates?


Probably not. In 1986, the Constitutional Convention placed fourteen amendments on the ballot, and voters rejected six. Although Rhode Island was America’s most heavily Roman Catholic state, nearly two-thirds rejected Question 14 that would have outlawed most abortions, and 64 per cent of the voters said no to Question 3 that would have granted a legislative pay raise without ending legislative pensions. Voters also rejected both Question 4, four-year terms for legislators and statewide general officers, and Question 5 a voter initiative process that reform groups said had been gutted in the convention. Voters approved Question 6, an amendment establishing the strongest Ethics Commission in the nation, Question 8, prohibiting discrimination and assuring the right of crime victims to speak in court before sentencing of those who harmed them, Question 9, guaranteeing public access to the shore, and Question 13, which strengthened home rule of cities and towns.