State Constitutional Developments in 2004

In 2004 state constitutions played an unusually important role in state and national affairs. A record number of amendments banned same-sex marriage and may have influenced the  presidential election. Other significant issues were also addressed. But the long-term trend against comprehensive revision continued.

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About the Author
Janice C. May is professor emeritus of government at the University of Texas at Austin, where she specializes in state government and politics. A regular contributor to The Book of the States, she is the author of numerous publications on the Texas Constitution and government, including The Texas State Constitution: A Reference Guide, and on state constitutional  development nationwide. She has served on two Texas constitutional commissions and on the board of directors of the Texas State Bar.