The Georgia State Constitution: A Reference Guide, Volume 55

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1994 - 294 pages


An insider in Georgia's recent constitutional revision gives a penetrating analysis of the state's history and political system. A succinct history describes the highly charged political events behind the changes in ten constitutions and a prolific number of amendments from colonial times through the Civil War to the present, during which time Georgia gained regional and national prominence. The reference gives the text of the constitution, article by article, along with commentary. The guide cites current court interpretation, provides a table of cases, identifies important local constitutional amendments, and offers a bibliography and index. Lawyers, judges, historians, political scientists, policymakers, and interested citizens will find this survey invaluable for understanding Georgia today.

 

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Contents

PART I THE CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF GEORGIA
1
PART II GEORGIA CONSTITUTION AND COMMENTARY
27
PART III LOCAL CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS IN FORCE AND EFFECT AS OF JULY 1 1993
229
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY
267
TABLE OF CASES
273
INDEX
283
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MELVIN B. HILL, JR., Director of the Carl Vinson Institute of the University of Georgia, is recognized as a foremost authority on the Georgia constitution. He served as the staff director of Georgia's Select Committee on Constitutional Revision, was commended in 1981 by the Georgia General Assembly for his work with that group, and he was in the forefront of modern state constitutional revision. He has written at length about Georgia's state government and politics. He was appointed in 1986 by the Governor to the Georgia Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. Mr. Hill has a JD degree from the Cornell University Law School and a MPA degree from Cornell's Graduate School of Business and Public Administration (now the Johnson School of Management).

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