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Published: 11 April 2014

314 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199355723

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The Virginia State Constitution

Second Edition

John Dinan

Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the US

  • The only definitive reference resource on the Virginia State Constitution.
  • Provides the complete text of the state's current constitution.
  • Includes provision-by-provision commentary and analysis on the state's current constitution, providing an essential reference guide to understanding this important document.
  • Offers a detailed history of the Virginia State Constitution, with particular attention to key moments in Virginia constitutional development, from the 1776 Constitution through the current 1971 Constitution.
  • Outlines the evolution and interpretation of each section of the Constitution, with attention to constitutional convention debates, judicial decisions, attorney general opinions, and legislative deliberations.
  • Each section is includes all significant court decisions, and is accompanied by commentary that explains the provision, traces its origins and its interpretation.
  • Organizes Court decisions by the constitutional Sections they interpret, and includes a table of cases cited and a topical index.

New to this Edition:

  • The second edition covers constitutional amendments, court decisions, and attorney general opinions through mid-2013.
  • Discusses recent constitutional amendments, including an amendment barring recognition of same-sex marriages and civil unions, and a major revision of the provision limiting the eminent domain power.
  • Analyzes recent state court decisions, including the state supreme court's first interpretation of the provision guaranteeing "the right of the people to keep and bear arms", and various court decisions limiting the power to levy taxes.
  • Analyzes recent attorney general opinions with significant implications for legislative appropriations to nonprofit groups, among other legislative initiatives.

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