The Judge of the Qualifications of its Members

Government Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 2010

Albany Law School Research Paper No. 10-14

8 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2010 Last revised: 23 Jul 2010

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

New York State Constitution Article III, Section 9 provides that “Each house shall... be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members.” Recently, the case of Senator Hiram Monserrate has brought renewed attention to this provision. His case involved a conviction in 2009 for criminal assault. He was elected in November of 2008, and the assault occurred in December of 2008. Thus, the act took place after his election but before his term began. Nevertheless, the Senate voted to remove Monserrate from office.

This article reviews the history of the Constitutional provision, review its usage in New York history, review the history of similar provisions in other states and the federal government, and try to identify some of the potential problem raised by the Monserrate case.

Suggested Citation

Liebman, Bennett, The Judge of the Qualifications of its Members (2010). Government Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 2010; Albany Law School Research Paper No. 10-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1645377

Bennett Liebman (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

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