Book of the States 2010

For the first time, CSG has made the contents of the Book of the States available online in its entirety.  The 2010 Book of the States, including all of the articles and tables, can now be found in the CSG Knowledge Center.   Each article is available in both HTML and PDF, and the tables can also be downloaded in Excel.

To browse the Book of the States, click on "Content Type" in the menu bar at the top of the page, and select Book of the States, 2010 version.  This will bring you to a Table of Contents with links to...

Odd-numbered years typically generate relatively few state constitutional amendments, and 2009 was particularly quiet, even compared with previous odd-year elections. Voters in only five states considered 21 amendments. The most high-profile amendments were a package of California measures that were intended to address the state’s budget shortfall but were largely rejected in a May special election. Meanwhile, Ohio voters approved an amendment authorizing casino gambling and Texas voters approved an amendment restricting use of the eminent domain power. Much of the attention focused on the future—on preparing amendments for the 2010 ballot.  

The 75th anniversary of The Book of the States inspires a look back at the first 1935 edition to determine what we can learn about state legislatures in the 1930s compared to the 2000s, and to recount the history of change in these institutions. Most of the story of change relates to the strengthening of legislatures—the process by which they have increased their ability to make decisions independently of the executive branch and lobbyists.

Chapter 4 of the 2010 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

Chapter 3 of the 2010 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables: