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The California Constitution. American Political Institutions Fawn Gibson. The California Constitution. The California Constitution has undergone substantial revision and amendment since its adoption in 1849 The fundamental organization of government written in 1849 remains.

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The california constitution

The California Constitution

American Political Institutions

Fawn Gibson


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The California Constitution

  • The California Constitution has undergone substantial revision and amendment since its adoption in 1849

  • The fundamental organization of government written in 1849 remains


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The California Constitution

The History of the constitution can be divided into 4 stages:

  • The 1849 constitution established the basic structure of government, including a separation of powers, bicameralism, federalism, and popular elections for most statewide offices.

  • The 1879 constitution added nine new articles and 8,000 words to respond to concerns of the time


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The California Constitution

  • The progressive era, 1910-1917, added the initiative referendum, and recall and passed hundreds of reform laws dealing with important political, social and economic issues.

  • From 1960 to the present, California voters have authorized significant constitutional revisions recommended by the Constitutional Revisions Commission


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The California Constitution

The California Constitution can be amended in the following ways:

1.The legislature can convene a constitutional convention by a two- thirds vote. The convention can also be convened by a majority vote of the electorate.


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The California Constitution

2.The electorate can propose a constitutional amendment through the initiative process.

3. The legislature may propose a constitutional amendment by a 2/3 vote.


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The California Constitution

The progressive reformers wanted to end to the dominance of the big corporations, reform corrupt political parties; remove corrupt politicians at the state and local levels; and return government to the people.


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The California Constitution

The most prominent of the Progressive reforms are:

  • Nonpartisan elections

  • Primary elections

  • Office block voting

  • Direct democracy—the initiative, referendum and recall


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The California Constitution

  • The bulk of the Progressive reforms are still in operation today.


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