ARGUMENTS FOR: The present constitution is not a basic, fundamental document like the U.S. Constitution. It is long and complex, approximately 10 times as long as the U.S. Constitution, with over 200 changes.
Legislators have adopted the expedient of amending the Constitution to assure the legality of almost every major piece of legislation, so that the Constitution tends to resemble an only slightly shortened version of the annotated code. It should be rewritten as a clear and simple statement of the structure and functions of government and the rights of citizens.
2. The citizens of many states enjoy some rights that we do not have, rights not apt to be initiated by the state legislature. These include initiative -- the right to put a possible law or constitutional amendment on the ballot by petition -- and the right to recall elected officials by petition. While there is no guarantee that either right would come out of a constitutional convention, the chances of their coming out of the legislature are not likely at this time.