Sample Constitutional Amendment

Sample Constitutional Amendment

Definition:

 A Constitutional Amendment proposes a change in the State Constitution.

When Used:

A Constitutional Amendment is used when a legislator wishes to make a change to the State Constitution of California.

Technical Aspects:

The Constitutional Amendment is comprised of three sections:

(1)        Title,

            (2)        Opening Statement, and

            (3)        Body.

(1 )The title is worded as follows:

"A resolution to propose to the people of the State of California an amendment to the Constitution of the State by amending Sections ____ of Article ___ of said Constitution, relating to _____." 

(2) The Opening Statement is worded as follows:

Resolved by the Senate, the Assembly concurring (start with house of origin), That the Legislature of the State of California at its (current year) Regular Session, commencing on the (first day of ML/C) day of  February (current year), two-thirds of all members elected to each of the two houses of the Legislature voting in favor thereof, hereby proposes to the people of the State of California that Section ___ of Article ___ of the Constitution of the State be amended as follows.

(3) The Body is worded as follows:

Begin each paragraph with “SECTION” and list the section number of the article to be amended/added/repealed.

Voting Procedure:

Requires 2/3 majority in both houses. Governor does not sign and may not veto.

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