Understanding the Arizona Constitution

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/1/2010
  • Publisher: Univ of Arizona Pr

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Arizona became the nation's 48th state in 1912 and since that time the Arizona constitution has served as the template by which the state is governed. Toni McClory's Understanding the Arizona Constitution has offered insight into the inner workings and interpretations of the document--and the government that it established--for almost a decade. Since the book's first publication, significant constitutional changes have occurred, some even altering the very structure of state government itself. There have been dramatic veto battles, protracted budget wars, and other interbranch conflicts that have generated landmark constitutional rulings from the state courts. The new edition of this handy reference addresses many of the latest issues, including legislative term limits, Arizona's new redistricting system, educational issues, like the controversial school voucher program, and the influence of special-interest money in the legislature. A total of 63 propositions have reached the ballot, spawning heated controversies over same-sex marriage, immigration, and other hot-button social issues. This book is the definitive guide to Arizona government and serves as a solid introductory text for classes on the Arizona Constitution. Extensive endnotes make it a useful reference for professionals within the government. Finally, it serves as a tool for any engaged citizen looking for information about online government resources, administrative rules, and voter rights. Comprehensive and clearly written, this book belongs on every Arizonan's bookshelf.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Preface to the First Editionp. xi
Preface to the Second Editionp. xv
The Arizona Constitutionp. 1
The Importance of State Constitutionsp. 1
The Hierarchy of Lawsp. 3
The Many Sources of Arizona Lawp. 3
Resolving Conflicts between Lawsp. 4
Amending the Arizona Constitutionp. 7
Online Resourcesp. 10
Origins of the Arizona Constitutionp. 11
Arizona's First Governmentsp. 11
The Pre-territorial Periodp. 11
The Territorial Period: 1863 to 1912p. 17
The Push for Statehoodp. 20
Federal Oppositionp. 20
The Enabling Act of 1910p. 22
The Framers of the Arizona Constitutionp. 25
The Constitution of 1910p. 28
The Taft Veto and Its Aftermathp. 31
Online Resourcesp. 34
The Legislative Branchp. 35
Structure of the Legislaturep. 35
Legislative Electionsp. 36
Arizona's Citizen Legislaturep. 44
Organization of the Legislaturep. 52
Responsibilities of the Legislaturep. 55
The Lawmaking Processp. 55
Fiscal Powersp. 68
Government Oversight Powersp. 75
Other Legislative Powersp. 78
Online Resourcesp. 79
Direct Democracyp. 80
The Theory of Direct Democracyp. 80
How the Procedures Workp. 82
The Initiativep. 82
The Referendump. 90
Recallp. 100
Online Resourcesp. 103
The Executive Branchp. 104
Executive-Branch Structurep. 104
A "Plural" Executive Branchp. 104
Elected Officialsp. 109
The Governor's Powersp. 117
Administrative Powersp. 117
Lawmaking Powersp. 121
Judicial Powersp. 125
Informal Powersp. 128
Other Elected Officialsp. 128
The Secretary of Statep. 129
The Attorney Generalp. 130
The State Treasurerp. 131
The Superintendent of Public Instructionp. 131
The State Mine Inspectorp. 132
Arizona Corporation Commissionersp. 132
Online Resourcesp. 134
The Judicial Branchp. 135
The Power of the Judicial Branchp. 135
How Judges Make Law and Public Policyp. 136
Judicial Reviewp. 138
The Court Systemp. 140
Arizona's Major Courtsp. 140
The Relationship between State and Federal Courtsp. 145
How Judges Are Chosen, Retained, and Removedp. 146
Judicial Selection and Retention before Merit Selectionp. 147
Removing Judgesp. 152
Judicial Proceduresp. 153
A Typical Felony Casep. 153
A Typical Tort Casep. 159
Online Resourcesp. 163
Local Governmentp. 164
Why We Have Local Governmentsp. 165
Countiesp. 165
What Counties Dop. 168
How Counties Are Governedp. 170
The Problem of County Governancep. 171
Cities and Townsp. 175
What Cities and Towns Dop. 176
How Cities and Towns Are Governedp. 177
District Governmentsp. 184
School Districtsp. 185
Community College Districtsp. 190
Special Taxing Districtsp. 190
Online Resourcesp. 192
Appendix: Taft's Veto of Arizona Statehoodp. 193
Glossaryp. 201
Notesp. 211
Figure Creditsp. 261
Indexp. 263
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