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Founding principles

From the state of New York’s ratification of the U.S. Constitution:

all Power is originally vested in and consequently derived from the People, and … Government is instituted by them for their common Interest…


the Powers of Government may be reassumed by the People, whensoever it shall become necessary to their Happiness

They were just restating the first principles of the Declaration of Independence, but it seems worth noting. Things get complicated in the current instance in that NY law envisions the power of the people flowing through the state’s constitution and thus vested in the state legislature.