Kansas is one of the few states in the Union that have never called a convention to overhaul their original constitutions. Yet the state’s present-day constitution differs sharply from the version adopted in 1859. What happened was probably unique: The basic law was reformed on a piecemeal basis, all within less than a decade. This incremental revision streamlined the executive branch, produced a unified judiciary, enhanced the legislature’s position, and removed a number of antiquated provisions. Although outside the state itself little attention was paid to this...
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