The Montana State Constitution

The Montana State Constitution


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The Montana State Constitution by Larry Elison, Fritz Snyder

Montana's state constitution was created during the early 1970s. Progressive, innovative and pragmatic, it combines a strong concern for individual rights, personal liberty, and individual dignity while seeking to keep government open and responsive to the will of the people of Montana. It also stresses rights to a clean and healthful environment.

The Montana State Constitution is the first reference guide to offer an in-depth analysis of the state's constitutional history. In it, Larry Elison and Fritz Snyder provide the text of the constitution, its meaning, and its legal interpretations. It is an excellent research tool for those interested in Montana's constitutional history and case law, and it includes a comprehensive bibliographic essay dealing with available primary and secondary research sources. Previously published by Greenwood, this title has been brought back in to circulation by Oxford University Press with new verve. Re-printed with standardization of content organization in order to facilitate research across the series, this title, as with all titles in the series, is set to join the dynamic revision cycle of The Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States.

The Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States is an important series that reflects a renewed international interest in constitutional history and provides expert insight into each of the 50 state constitutions. Each volume in this innovative series contains a historical overview of the state's constitutional development, a section-by-section analysis of its current constitution, and a comprehensive guide to further research.

Under the expert editorship of Professor G. Alan Tarr, Director of the Center on State Constitutional Studies at Rutgers University, this series provides essential reference tools for understanding state constitutional law. Books in the series can be purchased individually or as part of a complete set, giving readers unmatched access to these important political documents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199778812
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/18/2011
Series: Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States Series
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Larry M. Elison is Professor Emeritus of Constitutional Law at the University of Montana School of Law.

Fritz Snyder is Professor of Law and Director of the William J. Jameson Law Library at the University of Montana School of Law.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword by G. Alan Tarr
Foreword by Governor Marc Racicot
The Constitutional History of Montana
The Montana Constitution and Commentary
Article I: Compact with the United States
Article II: Declaration of Rights
Article III: General Government
Article IV: Suffrage and Elections
Article V: The Legislature
Article VI: The Executive
Article VII: The Judiciary
Article VIII: Revenue and Finance
Article IX: Environment and Natural Resources
Article X: Education and Public Lands
Article XI: Local Government
Article XII: Departments and Institutions
Article XIII: General Provisions
Article XIV: Constitutional Revision
Bibliographical Essay

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