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State Constitutions

 In each State, there is a written constitution which is the formal basis for the state government. State constitutions establish certain organs of government for the State, vest these organs with their powers, and deny certain other powers.

Like the federal Constitution, the written constitutions of the States do not comprise an entire “constitution” or fundamental law. In addition to constitution, each State government rests upon legislative enactments, executive decrees, judicial rulings, and custom and habit. Often, there are great differences between the constitution of one state and that of another. However, in their principal elements, state constitutions are all similar to one another.

This page contains links to State Constitutions for each State of the United States.


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