Constitutional Revision in Missouri - Springfield Policy Lunch
Missouri's current constitution was adopted in 1945. Since then it has been amended over 110 times and has grown to nearly 80,000 words—nearly three times the length of the document ratified in 1945.
In this presentation, Justin Dyer will give a historical perspective on the constitutional convention of 1943-44. He will give an overview of the campaign to win public support for the convention itself, the selection of delegates, the establishment of procedural rules, the consideration and adoption of proposals, and the election in February 1945 ratifying the current constitution. He will also provide historical insights on Missouri's initiative, referendum and amendment provisions.
Justin Dyer is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He regularly teaches undergraduate courses on political theory and the U.S. Constitution and graduate seminars on public law. He recently co-authored the book "A Guide to the Missouri Constitution." In June of this year, Show-Me Institute published his essay "Constitutional Revision in Missouri: The Convention of 1943-1944."