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Constitutional Revision Study Documents of the Constitutional Convention Commission, 1968
Volume 138, Preface 9   View pdf image (33K)
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FOREWORD
This compilation of study documents is published by direction of the Constitu-
tional Convention Commission as a complementary volume to its report of the
constitutional convention commission (1967).
Although formal publication of this volume comes after the close of the Con-
stitutional Convention and after the special election of May 14, 1968, on the ratifica-
tion of the Constitution, nevertheless the material in this volume served its primary
purpose of being a workbook for the Convention delegates. These study documents
were used by the Commission during the course of its activities and were available
to the delegates to the Constitutional Convention either in typewritten form or in
offset duplicates of printed proofs. A complete set of all documents was available in
the Convention library and, in addition, copies of the pertinent documents were
made available to the chairman and staff adviser of each committee of the Conven-
tion. Also, research monographs on subjects which were debated in the Committee
of the Whole of the Convention were reproduced and distributed to all delegates
prior to such debates.
The voters of Maryland at the special election on May 14, 1968, rejected the
proposed new constitution which had been approved by 133 of the 142 delegates to
the Constitutional Convention and had been adopted by the Convention on January
10, 1968. The final vote was 284,033 for ratification and 367,101 against; the total
of 651,134 represented very nearly 46 per cent of the total number of registered
voters of the State. However, the rejection of the new constitution leaves unresolved
the pressing problem of necessary constitutional revision and the Legislative Council
has created a special legislative committee on constitutional revision. Also, during the
ratification campaign and since, many persons, including some who had strongly
opposed ratification, voiced the opinion that there were many provisions in the
proposed constitution which were highly desirable and non-controversial and that
plans should be made to adopt these provisions as amendments to the present con-
stitution. It appears, therefore, that efforts at constitutional revision in Maryland
will be continuing. It is hoped that the documents included in this volume will be of
assistance in such future efforts and will prove to be a useful contribution to an
understanding of the need for and to a further study of constitutional revision in
Maryland.
As indicated on page 18 of the Report, this volume, there referred to as "Volume
II—Source Materials," contains the research monographs prepared for the Com-
mission, monographs and addresses relevant to constitutional revision which are
pertinent in Maryland but which were not prepared especially for the Commission,
position papers addressed to the Commission by various individuals or organizations,
and the full text of each of the prior Constitutions of the State of Maryland. It was
originally planned to include an index comparison in parallel columns of the present
and the three prior Constitutions. This however has been expanded to an actual
section-by-section comparison in six parallel columns of the four Maryland constitu-
tions as originally adopted, the amendments to the 1776 Constitution and the Con-
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