The Constitution of the State of Texas: An Annotated and Comparative Analysis

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In this unique resource, the authors provide factual information regarding the origins, historical development and contemporary meaning of each section of the Texas Constitution of 1876. They also provide insightful personal commentary on each section.

The foreword and preface provide a good overview of its substantive content.

For example, the preface states: "This project, an annotated and comparative analysis of the Texas Constitution, was designed to be a research tool for the delegates to the [1974] Constitutional Convention. There were, therefore, certain ground rules to be followed. First, every effort was made to make the Annotation understandable to the layman. Second, in addition to the normal purpose of an annotation—to explain the meaning of the constitution as it has evolved—the authors were charged with providing an appropriate historical background for each section, with comparing the section with provisions in other state constitutions, and with providing any general comments that the author thought might be useful to the delegates. Third, the Annotation was not to be the exhaustive, comprehensive coverage of all possible constitutional issues with all relevant citations that a practicing lawyer might expect. As revised, these volumes remain what they were originally designed to be—a research tool for a layman or lawyer who wants a general, albeit accurate, understanding of a particular constitutional provision."

The two-volume set was published in 1977. The constitutional text contained in the publication is current through the amendment election held April 22, 1975.

The Texas State Law Library, with the permission of the authors, digitized the publication and provides free online access to it.