The Minnesota State Constitution: A Reference Guide (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2002 - Political Science - 349 pages
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Ratified in 1857, the Minnesota State Constitution is one of the oldest state constitutions in effect today. Beginning with the document's roots in the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, Morrison places the document's influences, controversies, and amendments in historical perspective. She then provides a close analysis of the current constitution article by article, which comprises the heart of the book. In addition the author looks at the litigation that has followed the constitution, with particular emphasis on how court interpretations have affected its meaning. A table of cases, bibliography, and index complete this unique reference survey, which is designed for students and teachers, scholars and experts, and lawyers in the fields of legal studies, state and local government, and American history.

  

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Contents

THE CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF MINNESOTA
1
Preamble
24
Unreasonable Searches and Seizures Prohibited
85
Attainders Ex Post Facto Laws and Laws Impairing Contracts Prohibited
92
Imprisonment for Debt Property Exemption
103
Private Property for Public Use
109
Military Power Subordinate
119
Freedom of Conscience No Preference to Be Given to Any Religious Establishment or Mode of Worship
120
Privilege from Arrest
154
Biennial Meetings Length of Session Special Sessions Length of Adjournments
155
Quorum
157
Elections Viva Voce
158
Revenue Bills to Originate in House
160
Executive Department
170
Judiciary
182
Elective Franchise
208

Religious Tests and Property Qualifications Prohibited
128
Name and Boundaries
130
Jurisdiction on Boundary Waters
132
Distribution of the Powers of Government
134
Legislative Department
145
Apportionment of Members
146
Terms of Office of Senators and Representatives Vacancies
148
Restriction on Holding Office
149
Qualification of Legislators Judging Election Returns and Eligibility
150
Rules of Government
152
Oath of Office
153
Impeachment and Removal from Office
217
Amendments to the Constitution
223
Appropriations and Finances
251
Special Legislation Local Government
270
Miscellaneous Subjects
289
Public Highway System
301
BIBLIOGRAPHY
311
211
337
INDEX
345
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About the author (2002)

MARY JANE MORRISON is Professor of Law at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

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