State Constitutions and Constitutional Revision, 2000-2001

The number of states engaged in amending and revising their constitutions in 2000-2001 was the lowest in 30 years. Legislative and constitutional initiatives were the only methods used to amend state constitutions during the biennium, and three states accounted for almost half of the proposed amendments. While some constitutional trends continued from the 1990s, there were also notable differences.

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About the Author
Janice C. May is a professor 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 developments nationwide. She has served on two Texas constitutional revision commissions and on the board of directors of the Texas State Bar.

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