Texas Government Essay

739 Words Sep 22nd, 2014 3 Pages
Texas Constitution Question #2

A couple centuries ago, to be specific 1827 was the year of the very first Texas Constitution. The first Texas constitution was called, The Constitution of Coahuila y Tejas. The population of what is now Texas was about four-thousand. Before declaring its independence from Mexico, Texas operated under the Mexican Constitution where there were two houses of congress.
The lower house was composed of deputies serving two year terms. In the upper house, senators served four year terms and were selected by state legislatures. Texas’s break with Mexico was in large part a constitutional crisis that culminated in separation. Political conventions were held because the Texas citizens weren’t happy
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It wasn’t written in a way that it would permanently stick throughout the future for say like the U.S Constitution. The Constitution of Texas in my point of view should be rewritten with new type of language form that it would be précised to the point so it is clear to understand. Reasons being: The Texas constitution is almost a hundred thousand words long with over 500 modifications, it is way too long and disorganized, making it difficult to adequately understand. Resulting from many addition of so many amendments, the constitution is now one of the longest and most confusing constitutions out of all 50 states in the United States. Another even more alarming problem the Texas Constitution has, is the fragmented executive branch. The governor doesn’t have control over other states authorities, instead, he shares authority with them. The governor’s powers are limited. Another problem it has is the high level of detail. The high levels of details are accompanied by confusing organizations. Coverage of individual subject areas can be excruciating to read. For example areas like local governments are found in several different parts of the constitution. In those parts the constitution has some gaps where whole sections have been repealed. This means an entire articles have been repealed leaving only the title but no text. That’s a great example of why John E Paynter stated that “you don’t ever write a constitution like Texas’s.” I
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