Derek Clinger, Senior Staff Attorney PDF Available Here The past year saw a continued trend of increased interest in direct democracy, with the highest number of statewide ballot measures for an odd-numbered election year in …
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Wisconsin Law Review Special Edition featuring papers from our June 2023 Conference
This Article seeks to begin a new conversation about state constitutional adjudication. It first shows how in myriad defining ways state constitutions differ from the U.S. Constitution. These distinctive founding documents, prizing individual and collective self-determination alike, require their own implementation frameworks—not federal mimicry.
This Essay explores the people’s right to amend state constitutions, particularly in states that recognize the constitutional initiative. Together with other democratic rights that appear in state constitutions but not the federal charter, the right to amend recognizes popular sovereignty as an active commitment.
Derek Clinger, Senior Staff Attorney Professor Miriam Seifter, Faculty Co-Director PDF Available Here Table of Contents Introduction I. Models of State Legislative Oversight of Agency Rulemaking A. The Strong-Form Legislative Veto 1. Two-House Vetoes 2. …
Emily Lau, Staff Attorney PDF Available Here State constitutions are distinct from the U.S. Constitution in many ways—not least of which is their commitment to popular sovereignty, majority rule, and political equality. State courts have …
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On June 1st and 2nd, 2023, the State Democracy Research Initiative welcomed academics from across the country as well as four state supreme court justices for a conference on Public Law in the States.
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