The Constitution of the State of Colorado is the foundation of the laws and government of the state of Colorado . The current, and only, Colorado State Constitution was drafted March 14, 1876, approved by Colorado voters July 1, 1876, and took effect upon the statehood of Colorado on August 1, 1876.
State constitutions resemble the federal Constitution in that they outline the state government’s structure of legislative, executive and judicial branches as well as contain a bill of rights . State constitutions focus more on limiting rather than granting power since its general authority has already been established.
From 1876 through 2007, the Colorado Constitution was amended 152 times. Constitution of Colorado.
|Constitution of the State of Colorado|
|Created||14 April 1876|
|Ratified||1 July 1876|
|Date effective||1 January 1876|
Besides being axioms of government, the guarantees in the Bill of Rights have binding legal force. Acts of Congress in conflict with them may be voided by the U.S. Supreme Court when the question of the constitutionality of such acts arises in litigation (see judicial review).
The Constitution of the State of Vermont was adopted in 1793. The Vermont Constitution is largely based upon the 1777 Constitution of the Vermont Republic. It is the shortest U.S. state constitution with 8,295 words.
Just as the U.S. Constitution gives the rules for how the U.S. government should run, state constitutions give rules for how a state government should run. State governments operate independently from the federal government, and a state’s constitution sets out the structure and functions of its government.
Without the Bill of Rights , the entire Constitution would fall apart. Since the Constitution is the framework of our government, then we as a nation would eventually stray from the original image the founding fathers had for us. The Bill of Rights protects the rights of all the citizens of the United States.
“[A] bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse.” It specified what the government could do but did not say what it could not do . For another, it did not apply to everyone .
The Bill of Rights is the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution. It guarantees civil rights and liberties to the individual—like freedom of speech, press, and religion. It sets rules for due process of law and reserves all powers not delegated to the Federal Government to the people or the States.