This article was generated in the 1895 constitutional convention by a committee dominated by the rural counties. The result was similar to that in other western states where scattered populations far from the seat of government demanded that their voices be heard in the Legislature. The struggle over this article involved several arguments—using the federal analogy of the counties’ status in relation to the state, the need of legislators to have a compact geographic area to cover, and the example of other states that had used geographic factors to guarantee...
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