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Diversity in state constitutions?

In what significant ways do state constitutions differ from one another and from the US Constitution?

3 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    I'm not a student of all 50 State Constitutions, but I can tell you that the Constitution of Oregon differs in two significant ways from the US. Constitution and from most eastern state constitutions.

    First, like most western states, Oregon allows amendments to be proposed via citizen initiative. See map here:

    Oregon holds the records for the most statewide initiatives (there were 318 between 1904 and 2000), the highest average initiative use (6.6 per general election), and the most statewide initiatives on the ballot in a single year - 27 in 1912.

    Second, Oregon has the strongest freedom of expression protections; stronger even than those granted by the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. Oregon's Constitution Article 1 section 8 reads "No law shall be passed restraining the free expression of opinion, or restricting the right to speak, write, or print freely on any subject whatever; but every person shall be responsible for the abuse of this right."

    In State v. Robertson, the Oregon Supreme Court has cited this right against parts of Oregon's disorderly conduct statute, against content-based restrictions on billboards and murals, and against laws restricting the sale of pornography. Later in 1987, the court cited this provision when it abolished the state's obscenity statute in State v. Henry.

  • 8 years ago

    Not much, neither allow us to get rid of morons elected by accident. Hmm or for historical events either>

  • 8 years ago

    Read them and find out.

    It's YOUR homework, not ours.

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