New York lawmakers approved a measure on Wednesday that repeals any previous calls by New York for a federal constitutional convention. Until this measure passed, New York was one of 28 states calling for a convention to change the U.S. Constitution.

The Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, has been amended 27 times, with the most recent, an amendment stating that any salary changes for members of Congress go into effect after an election, being proposed in 1789 and getting ratified in 1992.

The traditionally used method of amending the Constitution requires a two-thirds majority vote in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. A proposed amendment must then be ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures to become part of the Constitution. However, the Constitution can be amended through a constitutional convention if two-thirds of the states call for a constitutional convention.

Progressives have been concerned that a constitutional convention on the federal level could open the door to changes that they don’t agree with. Other states, including New Jersey, Nevada and Maryland have already passed similar measures.

In a press release, the civic watchdog group, Common Cause/NY applauded the decision, saying that “any potential federal convention is an invitation for chaos.”

The resolution was sponsored by Hudson Valley Democratic state Assemblymember Ken Zebrowski and Manhattan Democratic Sen. Liz Krueger.

In a statement to Capital Tonight, Krueger said the move stymies "efforts by extreme right-wing forces to tear up the protections all Americans enjoy under the US Constitution. I’m very pleased that the Assembly has adopted it as well. Our country is facing extraordinary threats from destructive, hateful, un-American ideologies on the right – we can’t allow them to try to gain a permanent foothold in the Constitution."

Since this was a resolution from the Legislature, the governor does not have to sign it into law.