Additional topics on our site as well as topics we may have missed are open to development by people like you or other leading voices who step forward to write in whole or in part on a specific topic.
If you would like to contribute content towards the development of one of these topics, please submit your proposals to Benjamin Kallos at kallos [at] newroosevelt [dot] com.
The format for our topics is as follows:
- Constitutional Principle: This should be no more than a sentence or two (10 - 25 words) quoting a key document, figure or court decision on this topic.
- Why is it a Constitutional Question: This should be no more than a paragraph or two (100 – 200 words) explaining why the topic in question is or is not a constitutional question.
- Why it Matters: This should be no more than five paragraphs (100 – 250 words) briefly explaining the relevance of this constitutional issue in the context of current events.
- What is the Issue: This should be no more than five to ten paragraphs (100 - 500 words) briefly explaining both side of the issues that arise surrounding this topic.
- Constitutional Key Sentence and Provision: Please include the relevant portion of the text of the New York State Constitution on this topic along with pulling out the key sentance from the larger provision that relates to this topic.
- Other States: This should be no more a paragraph ot two (up to 25 - 100 words) summarizing how other states address the topic.
- Additional Items: Once you've filled in the above information. ...
- Point Counter Point: Please include three to five reasons to keep and three to five reasons to change the existing provisions (up to 10 words each), you will have an area to provide more details along with supporting arguments should you so choose.
- Legislative Amendments: Please identify certain key solutions proposed by New York State Assembly Members or Senators or Government bodies that provide a Constitutional Amendment to address the topic.
- Non-Legislative Proposals (Academics/Good Government Groups): Please identify key solutions or Amendments to the New York State Constitution proposed by non-legislative sources such as academic, good government or other advocacy groups.
- Other States: This should be no more a paragraph ot two (up to 25 - 100 words) summarizing how other states address the topic. You will also be able to enter a list of which states use a particular solution though you should be sure to note any primary or secondary sources.
- Opinion Editorials:
If your proposed content is accepted by our experts, it will be edited and added to the site. We look forward to your participation in developing this site to make it an invaluable resource to people interested in the Constitution and issues arising under it in New York State.