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 with the placement they had under the Mexican system. The fact that none of the demands of the citizens were granted by the Mexican government, calls for separate statehood for Texas emerged. The 1836 convention drafted a constitution for this newly proposed state modeled. The state has produced six constitution since the 1827. The sixth and final constitution was ratified in 1876. Ever since the constitution of Texas has been modified almost 500 times since it was initially adopted. It has created thousands of conflicts from the result of so many amendments. Anything anyone would say gets approved and added to it. Reasons being because most of the state senators and legislatures believe that, the constitution does not provide an adequate foundation system for governing a growing urban state, now in the twenty first century. But they make certain changes that benefits their social groups, or else these legislatures wouldn’t be changing it so much.
John E. Paynter was right. The Texas constitution was awfully written and it’s a great example of how not to write one, along with the Alabama constitution. I believe John said this because the constitution is so disorganized and not well structured and there are over 500...
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