Vermont Constitution

Vermont’s admission to the Union was in 1791.  The Constitution of the State of Vermont was adopted in 1793.  The Vermont Constitution is largely based upon the 1777 Constitution of the Vermont Republic.  It is the shortest U.S. state constitution with 8,295 words.

The Vermont Constitution is divided into two chapters.  The first chapter, “Declaration of Rights of the Inhabitants of the State of Vermont” was drafted in 1777.  It is divided into articles.  The second Chapter is  a “Plan or Frame of Government” outlining the structure of governance.  It is divided into sections.  It also details the three branches of government as well as elections, impeachments, militia, and other general provisions.

The sole power to propose amendments to the Constitution of Vermont is with the the Vermont General Assembly.  Section 72 of Chapter 2 provides the procedures governing changes to the Virginia Constitution.  The Vermont Constitution does not provide for constitutional conventions.

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