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STATEMENT OF THE COMMITTEE ON DIGEST OF
STATE CONSTITUTIONS.

HON. J. H. NEWMAN, State Librarian, Columbus, O.

DEAR SIR: In pursuance of our recent conference in your office we are handing you herewith the manuscript on the Digest of State Constitutions.

The Municipal Association of Cleveland some months ago recognizing the fact that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention would need the provisions of the constitutions of the forty-eight states in some usable form, and realizing that this material could not be collected and properly arranged after the Convention meets, requested the members of this Committee to prepare a digest of state constitutions for the use of the delegates. The results of our labors are included in the material herewith submitted, which you have so kindly consented to print as a state document.

PLAN OF THE DIGEST.

The committee decided at the outset to take the present constitution of Ohio as a basis and build around its provisions a digest of the other forty-seven constitutions, giving under the appropriate subjects a digest of all the related provisions from the various states in so far as the limitation of space would permit. It was the intention at first to give verbatim texts from at least twelve typical constitutions, but the committee soon found that this would make the volume much larger than the limit of pages fixed by your board. Many verbatim provisions have, therefore, been stricken out, but it was thought wise, to include in considerable detail the provisions from other constitutions relating to the more important and debatable issues likely to come before the Con- vention.

A number of subjects, more or less local in character, and not applicable to Ohio, such as the sale of public lands, irrigation and state boundaries have been omitted. No attempt has been made to digest the detailed provisions regarding a few matters such as legislative and judicial apportionments, subjects peculiarly local in their application.

INFORMATION NOT OPINIONS.

The committee has carefully refrained from any discussion or any expression of opinion as to the merits or demerits of any particular provision. The sole purpose has been to put in a convenient and workable form the actual contents of the constitutions of the various states, which

would serve as a handbook for the use of the delegates in the practical work of framing the new constitution.

The members of the committee desire to express their appreciation of your willingness to print the digest and your courteous consideration of the numerous suggestions made by the committee regarding the form and general character of the publication.

Committee on Digest of State Constitutions.

FRANK M. COBB, Chairman,

F. E. STEVENS,

ROBERT CROSSER,

RALPH W. EDWARDS,

C. D. FRIEBOLIN,

A. R. HATTON,
C. R. CROSS,

MAYO FESLER,
Secretary.

GEO. E. HARTSHORN,

F. B. GOTT,

RICHARD INGLIS,

W. C. KEOUGH,

F. W. DICKEY,
CHAS. E. OZANNE,
J. W. WOODS.

STATE CONSTITUTIONS.

The following is a list of the latest constitutions which, with all amendments procurable up to and including the year 1911, forms the basis of this digest:

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