The Virginia State Constitution

The Virginia State Constitution

by John Dinan

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The Virginia State Constitution by John Dinan

The Virginia State Constitution examines constitutional amendments, court decisions, attorney general opinions, and legislative deliberations bearing on the development and interpretation of the Virginia Constitution. The book contains a detailed history of the Virginia Constitution, with particular attention to key moments in the state's constitutional development, from the 1776 Constitution through the current 1971 Constitution. The book also includes a provision-by-provision commentary on the evolution and meaning of each section of the Virginia Constitution. The second edition brings this material up to date through mid-2013 and analyzes a number of constitutional developments with important implications for governance. Among the recent amendments covered in this volume is an amendment barring recognition of same-sex marriages and civil unions, and an amendment that undertook a major revision of the provision limiting the eminent domain power. The book examines several recent state court decisions of note, including the state supreme court's first interpretation of the provision guaranteeing "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" and various court decisions limiting the power to levy taxes. The book also analyzes recent attorney general opinions with significant implications for legislative appropriations to non-profit groups, along with various other legislative initiatives. 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: 9780199355747
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/13/2014
Series: Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

John Dinan is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. He is the author of The American State Constitutional Tradition (2006) as well as various articles on state constitutionalism, federalism, and American political development. He writes an annual entry on constitutional developments in the 50 states for The Book of the States. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword by G. Alan Tarr Preface to the Second Edition Part one: The History of the Virginia Constitution Part two: The Virginia Constitution and Commentary Article I: Bill of Rights Article II: Franchise and Officers Article III: Division of Powers Article IV: Legislature Article V: Executive Article VI: Judiciary Article VII: Local Government Article VIII: Education Article IX: Corporations Article X: Taxation and Finance Article XI: Conservation Article XII: Future Changes Schedule Bibliographical Essay Table of Cases Index

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