The Twenty-Seventh Amendment and Constitutional Change by Stealth

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Ruth Ann Strickland Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The 27th Amendment to the US Constitution, which states that any adjustment in compensation to legislators could take effect only after a new election was held, was ratified in 1992, some 203 years after it was first proposed. The amendment passed as a reaction of voters to a 1989 proposal by legislators for a increase in their salaries by 51%, from $89,500 to $135,000 per annum. A question as to the constitutionality of an amendment that took more than two centuries to pass is being raised.

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Ruth Ann Strickland. (1993) "The Twenty Seventh Amendment and Constitutional Change By Stealth." PS: Political Science and Politics 26 (December, no. 4): 716-722 (ISSN: 0030-8269) Published by Cambridge University Press for the American Political Science Association
Language: English
Date: 1993

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