The New York State Bar Association on Monday joined their counterparts in New York City and backed the approval of a constitutional convention to be decided in a referendum this year.

The bar association is backing a convention the same day as more than 100 organizations with diverse concerns across the political spectrum are opposing a convention.

But the bar association sees the chance of holding a convention as a means of reforming the state’s judiciary, increase voter participation and streamline the existing document.

“As a working legal document, our state Constitution is broken in significant respects. Virtually all commentators agree it needs an overhaul,” said Henry Greenberg of Albany, who chairs the Committee on the New York State Constitution.

“It is a 52,500-word behemoth, filled with minutia and obsolete provisions, and even sections that the U.S. Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional.”