For a large part of the state’s history, the legislature was constitutionally and politically the dominant branch of the government. The 1777 constitution ignored the separation of powers and created a constitutional order that revolved around the legislative branch. That dominance faded as the nineteenth century wore on, however, as a series of restraints was placed on the legislative branch in response to legislative abuses. In the twentieth century, the demand for governmental reorganization and leadership in government gave the executive branch the dominant...
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