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Legislating by constitution is hazardous

Arvonne Fraser discusses why it is risky for legislators to give lawmaking power to voters.

Constitutions are statements of the principles of government; they should not become a list of laws. Abolishing the office of lieutenant governor or lengthening terms of elected officials would require a constitutional amendment. Requiring people to present photo IDs in order to vote, however, could be accomplished by ordinary legislation.

Star Tribune
January 29, 2012

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