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  1. Jason Thweatt says

    Alabama’s constitution also comes to mind when discussions of length and detail come to mind

    • Checking in (and grumbling) from California. Ours is running about 110 pages – not nearly as bad as Alabama’s, which according to the estimates I found is about 7 times as long. But still rather too much.

  2. Lord Grey says

    As an interesting side note: Swiss democracy allows the Citizens to propose an Initiative, which if successfully passes, will be added to the Constitution. This led to an enormous Constitution. So a few years ago the Constitution got overworked and slimed down as much of the Initiatives stuff could be placed in the Law books. Sadly the fundamentally principle wasn’t changed and Initiatives still are placed in the constitution.

  3. Tualha says

    That happens with lots of state constitutions. And Prohibition isn’t the only piece of specific legislation in the U.S. Constitution. Consider Article I, Section 9, Clause 1, which protected importation of slaves for a set term of years; Article V, which prevented amendment of that clause for the same term; and Article IV, Section 2, Clause 3, a constitutionally-mandated Fugitive Slave Act. All of which was related to Article I, Section 2, Clause 3, the basis of the Slave Power, which ended up being the most divisive issue in the new republic and eventually led to a civil war.

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