The Colorado State Constitution: A Reference Guide

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - Political Science - 489 pages
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 is often at the center of national political controversies.
 

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Contents

THE CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF COLORADO l
1
Section
7
Section
23
THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION
27
Section
42
55
70
Distribution of Powers
92
Executive Department
98
Corporations
313
Mining and Irrigation
336
Militia
347
Miscellaneous
350
Amendments
378
Recall from Office
401
Intoxicating Liquor
411
Public Utilities
422

Legislative Department
113
Judicial Department
163
Suffrage and Elections
193
State Institutions
202
Revenue
228
Public Indebtedness
264
Officers
280
Impeachments
294
Great Outdoors Colorado
428
Schedule
438
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY
445
350
451
359
461
363
470
367
479
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

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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