The Texas State Constitution: A Reference Guide

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This book was originally published in 1996 under the title "The Texas State Constitution: A Reference Guide."

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

For example, the preface states: "Texas is not among the states in which the state constitution has been neglected. In fact state law requires consideration of the Texas Constitution in a government course to receive a bachelor's or lesser degree from a college or university that receives state funds. Bibliographical resources are substantial. Contributions have come from many sources, including the academic fields of political science, history and law and from citizens, political leaders, judges and administrators engaged in the practice of constitution-making. This guide builds on the available resources to provide an up-to-date reference on the Texas Constitution. It adopts what may be called an intermediate approach, one more than a citizens' guide for the general public and less than a comprehensive multi-volume legal treatise designed for the specialist."

The book was republished in 2011 with the shortened title "The Texas State Constitution." No substantive changes were made to the text at that time so the book has become somewhat dated. However, it remains a solid resource for anyone researching the Texas Constitution of 1876.

The following description appears on the current publisher's website: "The Texas State Constitution provides an outstanding constitutional and historical account of the state's governing charter. In addition to an overview of Texas' constitutional history, this volume provides an in-depth, section-by-section analysis of the entire constitution, detailing the many significant changes that have been made since its initial drafting. This treatment, along with a table of cases, index, and bibliography provides an unsurpassed reference guide for students, scholars, and practitioners of Texas' constitution."