Chapter 1 of the 2013 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

Book of the States 2013

Chapter 1: State Constitutions

Articles

  1. "State Constitutional Developments in 2012"

Tables:

State Constitutions:

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Several of the 135 amendments on the 2012 ballot attracted significant attention, including a California amendment increasing income and sales tax rates, a Colorado amendment legalizing recreational marijuana, and various amendments regarding the right to bear arms, same-sex marriage and affirmative action. Although voters in three states rejected automatically generated referendums on calling constitutional conventions, two recently established constitutional revision commissions were operating this year, thereby continuing a recent tradition of undertaking constitutional reform through piecemeal amendments and commissions rather than in conventions.

While hunting and fishing rights as well as gun control have not been major issues in this year’s Presidential election – though as I understand it Congressman Ryan is an avid hunter when he’s not working out – the issue is at play in several states this election cycle.

Four states – Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska and Wyoming – are considering constitutional amendments that would protect the rights of residents to hunt and fish, subject to state regulations. Each clearly states that hunting and fishing will be the preferred means...

Stateline Midwest ~ June 2012

Question: What states in the Midwest have freedom-of-conscience language in their constitutions or statutes?

Chapter 1 of the 2012 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

Book of the States 2012

Chapter 1: State Constitutions

Articles

  1. "State Constitutional Developments in 2011"
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  3. ...

Several of the 26 amendments on the 2011 ballot attracted significant attention, including an unsuccessful Mississippi personhood amendment and a successful Ohio amendment exempting residents from health insurance mandates. Voters also considered high-profile amendments regarding voter identification, eminent domain and sports betting. Additionally, the Alabama and Ohio legislatures established constitutional revision commissions charged with reviewing and recommending changes to these state constitutions.

Ohio began its statehood with a constitution of slightly more than 6,000 words. Today, its constitution is almost 54,000 words, more than 9,000 of which are in sections that are collecting dust”, and is growing at an exponential rate. If Ohio stays true to its current course, by 2050 it will have a constitution around 71,500 words long.

The Associated Press reports that Rhode Island has let go of an archaic law that made it illegal to tell a lie online. The law came about in the 1980s to prevent fraud, scandals, and other assorted misrepresentation. However, the Internet out grew the law by leaps and bounds.

None of the 116 constitutional amendments enacted in 2010 attracted as much attention as California’s 2008 same-sex marriage ban or other high-profile amendments in recent years. Nevertheless, some notable amendments were adopted. Voters approved rights amendments regarding health care, union organizing, affirmative action, guns and voting. Institutional design amendments were enacted regarding legislative redistricting, party primaries, legislative sessions and the gubernatorial recall. Policy amendments dealt with budgeting, rainy day funds, taxation, debt, education and veterans’ benefits, among other issues.

Voters decided 184 ballot propositions in 38 states in 2010, approving two-thirds of them. No single issue emerged as a common theme across the country, but individual states featured high-profile battles over marijuana legalization, taxes on millionaires, secret voting in union elections and health care systems. The number of initiatives—new laws brought to the ballot by citizen petition—was only 46 for the year, the lowest annual total for an even-numbered year in a quarter century.

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