State Constitutional Developments in 2005

Although relatively few state constitutional amendments were considered in 2005, several developments attracted significant attention, including the defeat of electoral-reform initiatives in Ohio and California, the passage of same-sex marriage bans in Kansas and Texas, the nationwide movement to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s eminent domain ruling in Kelo v. City of New London by considering additional statutory and constitutional protections for property rights, and the decision by Colorado voters to suspend for five years a Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (TABOR) provision that is the strictest tax and expenditure limitation in the country.

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About the Author
John Dinan is Zachary T. Smith Associate Professor of Political Science at Wake Forest University. He is the author of The American State Constitutional Tradition and The Virginia State Constitution: A Reference Guide, among other books and articles on state constitutional development.

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