Has the R.I. Supreme Court Gutted the 1986 Con Con in its Entirety?
… and, therefore, the actions of all past and future Constitutional Conventions?
In addition to trivializing ethics, as Marc put it, and all but decriminalizing bribery, hasn’t the R.I. Supreme Court legally voided everything that was implemented by the 1986 Constitutional Convention [scanned PDF] with their ruling [PDF] on the Irons matter?
If the original document supercedes the constitutional amendments passed
at the 1986 Con Con by the people of Rhode Island approving the resolutions that emerged from the 1986 Con Con that strengthened ethics in government, doesn’t the original document supercede all  future amendments enacted as well as the actions of that and all prior Constitutional Conventions? So wouldn’t it supercede all future amendments passed at any future Con Con?
Apologies. The process of amending the Rhode Island Constitution begins at a Constitutional Convention which promulgates a resolution in the form of a question to be placed on a ballot and considered by the voters. I have corrected my original post, above.
In the case of the Irons decision, voters had approved the following amendment to the RI Constitution.
“ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT * * * Shall an ethics commission be established with authority to adopt a code of ethics and to discipline or remove public officials and employees found in violation of that code? * * *
“B. Ethics Commission: The general assembly would be directed to establish a non-partisan ethics commission that would enforce a code of ethics for all public officials, state and local, elected and appointed. The commission would have power to investigate charges, impose penalties and to remove officials who are not subject to impeachment * * *.”
The main question of this post stands. The Rhode Island Supreme Court has nullified this amendment to the RI Constitution. Such actions do not stand in isolation. By voiding this amendment on the basis that the Constitution supercedes it, have they not voided the entire process of amending the Rhode Island Constitution?