Maine is one of only seventeen states that has retained the same constitution since statehood. The Constitution of 1820 is the fourth oldest state constitution in continuing effect. Moreover, although some states (California and Colorado, for example) have radically changed their constitutions through the amendment process, Maine’s adoption of more than 150 amendments has hardly altered the essential features of its constitution. Maine’s constitutional development has been conservative in the Burkean sense: reforming to preserve, adapting old institutions to meet...
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