Its clear intent is that if a proposed amendment can win the support of one-fourth of the Legislature in two successive sessions, the matter should go to the ballot for citizens to decide.Thanks for the support, Scott, but this outrage wasn't difficult to see in advance. Where was your voice when it might have mattered? A cynic would accuse you of covering your tracks.
But in reality, lawmakers have nullified Article 48, the provision that allows the state constitution to be altered that way...Do citizens really want a Legislature that repeatedly ignores an essential provision of the very constitution it is sworn to uphold?
Further, if lawmakers can disregard the constitution with impunity, who, really, is sovereign?
After last week, it's hard to argue that the real amending power lies with the citizens.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Better Late than Never?
Liberal Globe political columnist Scott Lehigh is repelled by the Legislature's trampling on the Constitution: