29 November, 2006

Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

I was recently listening to Neil Boortz where it was suggested that the 17th Amendment was one of the most damaging and most needed for repeal.

This promting the beginning of some personal research on my part as I had never heard the idea tabled before.

Starting with an entry from Wiki, I begin my journey of understanding the implications.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
"Amendment XVII (the Seventeenth Amendment) of the United States Constitution proposed on May 13, 1912 and ratified on April 8, 1913 and first in effect for the election of 1914, amends Article 1 Section 3 of the Constitution to provide for the direct election of Senators by the people of a state rather than their election or appointment by a state legislature. It was passed and ratified during the Progressive Era. It states:

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.

When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.

This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution."

2 Comments:

Blogger Brian Duffy said...

Dave;

If you check out my weblog, Repeal the 17th Amendment, you will find some very scholarly articles I have posted on the right hand side of the page. Additionally there are links to some groups that have been focused on this for some time. Lastly, I started a discussion group to exchange information about this, with the link below also.

Best regards,

Brian Duffy
Repeal the 17th Amendment Weblog

http://repealthe17thamendment.blogspot.com/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Repeal_the_17th_Amendment/

2:17 PM  
Blogger Dave Stone said...

Thanks Brian. I have been to your page and plan to spend extra time reading your posts.

5:07 PM  

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