The issues addressed in this article, particularly regarding state debt, have figured prominently in a number of constitutional conventions and revision commissions throughout Virginia history. In the nineteenth century, the 1850–51 Convention joined a number of other contemporaneous state conventions around the country in restricting legislative power to pledge the faith of the state for corporate debts and limiting the length of time for which state debts could be contracted. The 1867–68 Convention then imposed additional restrictions, including in regard to the...
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