On September 17, 1787, 39 delegates from the thirteen colonies elegantly signed their names on the United States Constitution. Even as the signers read and marveled over their written documentation of our new government, they realized problems could still emerge in the Constitution that would need to be addressed. To solve this dilemma, the delegates came up with a way that the Constitution could be changed so that future generations could patch up any holes they found in this important document. These changes are called Amendments, and today there are a total of 27 of them. Each Amendment is crucial to our Constitution, but which one is the most important? It’s strongly believed that
With the Colorado River supplying 43% of all agricultural water consumption and 41% of all Municipal and Industrial water supply in the basin, losing access to this resource entirely for one year would cost $1.434 trillion in combined state GDP . Just a ten percent decline in water availability will reduce combined basin states GDP by $143.4 billion, reduce employment in the area by 1.6 million job-years, and reduce labor income by 87.1billion dollars per year . In addition to the shrinking economic production, the cost of living in the area would also start to increase. The water in the Colorado River provides inexpensive energy for the parts of the lower basin states, the cost of the power has doubled from the initial contracts, and if water levels fall to 1000', the costs could quintuple for customers that are bound to purchase the hydroelectric power until 2067 . While the internal economy of the basin would suffer, the effects would also ripple into the rest of the country. The agricultural Imperial Valley in California, for example, provides two-thirds of the country's vegetables in the winter . Without proper irrigation and water supply, production rates
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress.
In order for an amendment to be passed, the amendment must first be proposed by Congress and passed with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Technically, this process can also be done if two-thirds of the states petition Congress for a constitutional convention as well, but the current 27 amendments have not been proposed in this way. Then for the amendment to be ratified, a three-fourths majority in the state legislature must be held, or a three-fourths majority within a constitutional convention. This is not a quick process and is further reasoning for a long-term plan to alleviate our republics structural
(2) In 1917 Wilson began supporting the Suffrage Movement, and the process for the bill to become a ratified amendment was set in motion. (2) In order to be ratified, an amendment has to go through one of two processes in the legislature. The amendment can be voted in either by a two-thirds majority vote in the House of Representatives and the Senate or via a constitutional convention, which first must be called upon by the Senate legislatures in a two-thirds vote as well. (1) However, none of the present 27 amendments have been ratified via a constitutional convention. (1) Once the amendment has been proposed by congress it is sent to the states to be ratified in a three-fourths vote, or 38 out of 50, and then it can officially become part of the constitution.
The current second amendment is written as follows “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”, these words have been written as such for two-hundred-twenty-five years, it is overdue and update. An article on scholastic.com gives a brief list of changes made to the constitution and why the changes were made “You may have heard the U.S. Constitution called "a living document.” Though it may seem like a dry piece of paper to you, it really is designed to live
An amendment is brought before congress and it is voted on, then either put into effect or put aside (Schmidt,2017) The process of amending the constitution is not easy and it requires patience and diligence from all involved. There are many opinions that need to be sorted through and the final decision always goes back to what is seen best for all Americans at the time in which they are living. One issue that is worthy to be an amendment right now in the United States is, that American citizens should be able to digitally track their vote for the president of the United
The 27th amendment was proposed on September 25, 1789, and it was ratified on May 7, 1992. It was necessary to create this amendment because it was used to force congressman to focus on their work, and not personal issues. The 27th amendment proposed that Congress couldn’t raise their salaries right away; any salary increases are pushed to after an election. In the U.S today, this amendment allows people to trust the government more, and not be suspicious about their work. When the amendment was being ratified, there were many controversies. During the late 1700’s, James Madison only got six states—Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, and Vermont- to ratify the amendment. However, that
There have been many amendments that have made their way through the congress since first the constitution was instated. A few, however, never made it into the United States constitution. There were six amendments that were never ratified into the constitution. Some were justified in their reasons for not being ratified, but then there are some which to this day no one quite understands why they were not ratified into the constitution. In Americans attempt to be a fair and just country, its government made many different decisions that were later written into a simple document that would have such an impact on a nation and even the world. The six amendments that did not make the cut were either later rewritten or forgotten completely but here in this paper all six will be looked at and analyzed. The six amendments are Congressional Apportionment Amendment, Title of Nobility Amendment, Corwin Amendment, Child Labor Amendment, Equal Rights Amendment, and District of Columbia Voting Rights Amendment.
The U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1787 and was ratified by the necessary number of states in 1789. This means that the Us constitution existed earlier than the Texas Constitution. However, with such long history of existence, the Constitution of the US has had 11,372 proposed amendments, but only 27 of these bills have been approved by Congress and ratified by the states. Therefore, in the Texas Constitution, there are few amendment
The few ways to amend the constitution include a 3/4 vote of the state legislators to approve it, and 3/4 vote of ratifying conventions in states to approve it. The constitution has been amended 17 times since the first 10, which emanated from the bill of right. They all include information about the right of people and the regime, and all of them hold democracy as the main point.
Currently California is facing a water shortage. The issue has been addressed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in February. He called for all state agencies to find the way to help in the statewide water shortage. This is California’s third consecutive year of drought and last spring and summer was the worst of the season because it had the lowest amount of water recorded and California’s reservoirs were at their lowest point as well which did not help in the water shortage. Many agencies have been acquired to find possible solutions to the water shortage, the Department of Water Resources has been directed to find solutions to the problem as well as asking people to conserve water.