State Constitutions for the Twenty-first Century, Volume 3: The Agenda of State Constitutional Reform, Volume 3

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G. Alan Tarr, Robert F. Williams
SUNY Press, 2012 - Law - 380 pages
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This third and final volume in a series devoted to state constitutions analyzes how these documents address major constitutional issues such as the protection of rights; voting and elections; constitutional change; the legislature; the executive; the judiciary; taxing, spending, and borrowing; local government; education; and the environment. Contributors identify the strengths and weaknesses of current state constitutions, highlight the major issues confronting the states, and assess various approaches for reform.
 

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Dr. Tarr does an excellent job presenting the intricacies, complexities, and controversies surrounding state constitutions and the amendment process. In addition, the book is very convincing in its discussion of the importance and relevance of state constitutions and their influence upon society and even policy at the national level. This book should be a required introduction for every student of political science.  

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Rights
7
2 The Legislative Branch
37
3 The Executive Branch
67
4 The Judicial Branch
85
5 Local Government
108
6 Voting and Elections
145
7 Constitutional Amendment and Revision
177
8 State and Local Finance
211
9 Education
241
10 The Environment and Natural Resources
307
Bibliography
341
Contributors
355
Index
357
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Page 16 - No religious test shall be required, as a qualification for office, nor shall any person be incompetent to be a witness on account of his religious belief ; but nothing herein shall be construed to dispense with oaths and affirmations.

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At Rutgers University at Camden, G. Alan Tarr is Director of the Center for State Constitutional Studies and Robert F. Williams is Associate Director. Tarr is also Distinguished Professor of Political Science and author of Understanding State Constitutions. Williams is also Distinguished Professor of Law and author of State Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials, Third Edition.

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