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Capitol Watch: Convention canned, push for vote on gun bill

MGN Online

In New York state government news, unions are celebrating a big win in the recent rejection of a constitutional convention.

New Yorkers on Tuesday overwhelmingly said no to a ballot question that, if passed, would have set up a convention in 2019 where delegates would consider changes to the state constitution.

Organized labor had argued a convention was too risky and that it would be taken over by deep-pocketed special interests. They're saying Tuesday's big victory shows that unions can still get out the vote and sway public opinion on important issues.

Meanwhile, Democrats in the state Senate are pointing to the recent mass shooting in a Texas church and urging a vote on legislation that would allow police to seize firearms from suspected domestic abusers.

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