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

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2002 - Political Science - 489 pages
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Created in the roiling years of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and industrial expansion, Colorado's state constitution is indelibly marked by an overt suspicion toward elected and appointed officials (with good reason given their often dubious behavior). Not surprisingly, then, the Colorado Supreme Court has been called on to mediate the frequent and ongoing feuds between that state's citizens and their legislators, which it has done successfully, if spottily at times. The result is one of the longest and most detailed, but ultimately successful, state constitutions in the Union. Collins and Oesterle provide a brief history of the document's creation and evolution, then proceed to discuss the legislation and case law pertinent to understanding every article's and section's current legal interpretation. Valuable to scholars and students of local and legal history, and to practicing attorneys seeking to understand the groundwork of the Colorado state constitution, this reference book provides a wealth of historical and legal information critical to apprehending the past and present of a state that often is at the center of national political controversies.

  

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Contents

THE CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF COLORADO l
1
Section
7
THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION
27
55
70
Distribution of Powers
92
Executive Department
98
Legislative Department
113
Section l8 Enacting Clause l26 Section I9 When Laws Take EffectIntroduction of Bills l27 Section 20 Bills Referred to CommitteePrinted
127
Public Funding of Abortion Forbidden
148
Judicial Department
163
Suffrage and Elections
193
State Institutions
202
Revenue
228
Public Indebtedness
264
Officers
280
Impeachments
294

Section 2l Bill to Contain but One SubjectExpressed in Title l28 Section 22 Reading and Passage of Bills
129
Section 22a Caucus Positions ProhibitedPenalties l30 Section 22b Effect of Sections 20 and 22a
130
Revival Amendment or Extension of Laws l3l Section 25 Special Legislation Prohibited
131
Section 25a EightHour Employment
133
Signing of Bills
134
Officers and EmployeesCompensation l35 Section 28 Extra Compensation to Officers Employees or Contractors Forbidden l35 Section 29 Contracts ...
135
Salary of Governor and Judges to Be Fixed by LegislatureTerm Not to Be Extended or Salaries Increased or Decreased repealed l36 Section 3l Reven...
136
Disbursement of Public Money
137
Appropriations to Private Institutions Forbidden
138
Delegation of Power
139
Laws on Investment of Trust Funds l40 Section 37 Change of Venue repealed l40 Section 38 No Liability Exchanged or Released l40 Section 39 Ord...
140
Bribery and Influence in General Assembly
141
Section 4l Offering Giving Promising Money or Other Consideration repealed l42 Section 42 Corrupt Solicitation of Members and Officers repealed ...
142
General Assembly
143
Revision and Alteration of Districts Reapportionment Commission
145
Appointment of State AuditorTerm QualificationsDuties
147
Corporations
313
Mining and Irrigation
336
Militia
347
Miscellaneous
350
Amendments
378
Recall from Office
401
Intoxicating Liquor
411
Public Utilities
422
Great Outdoors Colorado
428
Schedule
438
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY
445
350
451
359
461
363
470
367
479
Copyright

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DALE A. OESTERLE is Monfort Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder's School of Law.RICHARD B. COLLINS is Professor of Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder's School of Law.

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