state constitution


state constitution
A compact made by and between the citizens of a state to govern themselves in a certain manner, constituting the paramount and supreme law of the state so far as consistent with the United States Constitution. 16 Am J2d Const L § 2. A fundamental act of legislation by the people of the state acting in their sovereign capacity. Sage v New York, 154 NY 61, 47 NE 1096. An act of extraordinary legislation by which the people establish the structure and mechanism of their government. Ellingham v Dye, 178 Ind 336, 99 NE 1, app dismd 231 US 250, 58 L Ed 206, 34 S Ct 92.

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