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Tuesday, 13th October 2009

How Well Does Your State Constitution Protect Individual Rights, Limited Government?

How Well Does Your State Constitution Protect Individual Rights, Limited Government?
Source: Goldwater Institute

In "50 Bright Stars: An Assessment of Each State's Constitutional Commitment to Limited Government" Goldwater Institute constitutional policy director Nick Dranias assessed and ranked the strength of limited government provisions of each state constitution as currently interpreted in recent court decisions and the quality and philosophy of each state's judiciary.

He found that 48 states currently offer a better environment for securing limited government in state courts than do federal courts under the U.S. Constitution. Only Massachusetts and West Virginia fall below the federal baseline. Arizona ranked third in the country, close behind Minnesota, which tied Michigan and Ohio for first place.

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