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The Connecticut Constitution, 1965-2008: 
Legislative History of Amendments

The current constitution was adopted in 1965 and has been amended 30 times. Constitutional amendment is a two-step process: the legislature must first pass a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment by a ¾ majority in each chamber and then submit that resolution to the popular vote for ratification in the next election. 

The legislative history information is linked to the Amendment Article and the documents indexed are available at the Law & Legislative Reference Unit, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106.  Photocopies may be ordered via telephone: 860-757-6590.

Amendment

 Article

Year & Resolution

Title

Adopted

Constitution

Article and Section Number

I

1969

HJR 95

Election of Attorney General

November 1970

499,505 to 91,260

IV, Sect. 1

II, Sect. 1

1969

HJR 26

Minimum age requirements for Senators set at 21

November 1970

471,516 to 130,178

III,  Sect. 3

II, Sect. 2

1969

HJR 26

Minimum age for Representatives set at 21

November 1970

471,516 to 130,178

III,  Sect. 4

II, Sect. 3

1969

HJR 26

Eligibility for office set at 21

November 1970

471,516 to 130,178

VI, Sect. 10

III

1969

HJR 160

Annual sessions of the General Assembly

November 1970

455,483 to 140,320

III,  Sect. 2

IV

1971

HJR 83

Challenges & numbers of jurors

December 22, 1972

381,895 to 156,092

I, Sect. 19

V

1972

HJR 4

Discrimination on account of sex

November 1974

460,711 to 135,427

I, Sect. 20

VI

1972

HJR 9

Method of proposing and approving constitutional amendments

November 1974

398,029 to 116,495

XII

VII

1973

HJR 37

Forfeiture of electoral privileges upon conviction

November 1974

357,179 to 152,665

VI, Sect. 3

VIII, Sect. 1

1973

SJR 22

Justices of the Peace

November 1974

301,707 to 236,692

V, Sect. 5

VIII, Sect. 2

1973

SJR 22

Age limitation of judges. Exception.

November 1974

301,707 to 236,692

V, Sect. 6

IX

1975

HJR 48

Lowers age of electors to 18 and relaxes qualifications

November 1976

545,281 to 119,533

VI, Sect. 1

X

1975

HJR 51

Pre-registration of 17-year-olds to vote.

November 1976

393,819 to 301, 751

VI, Sect. 11

XI

1976

HJR 44

Judicial censure, removal or suspension. Judicial Review Council

November 1976

527, 198 to 133, 860

V

XII

1976

SJR5

Supreme Court to have original jurisdiction for review of Decennial Reapportionment

November 1976

90,950 to 27,373

III, Sect. 6

XIII

1979

HJR 92

Removal to another town [repeal of 6-month residency requirement for voting]

November 1980

441,087 to 225,096

VI, Sect. 9

XIV

1979

SJR 69

Changes to the voter registration period for pre-registering 17-year-olds.

November 1980

370,326 to 326,503

VI, Sect. 11

XV, Sect. 1

1979

HJR 103

Minimum age requirements for Senators lowered to 18

November 1980

357,845 to 320,945

III, Sect. 3

XV, Sect. 2

1979

HJR 103

Minimum age for Representatives lowered to 18

November 1980

357,845 to 320,945

III,  Sect. 4

 

XV, Sect. 3

1979

HJR 103

Eligibility for office lowered to 18

November 1980

357,845 to 320,945

VI, Sect. 10

XVI, Sect. 1

1980

HJR 3

Reapportionment, Congressional and General Assembly districts to be consistent with federal standards

November 1980

414,907 to 203,837

III, Sect. 5

XVI, Sect. 2

1980

HJR 3

Supreme Court review period shortened and timetable extended for Decennial Reapportionment

November 1976

414,907 to 203,837

III, Sect. 6

XVII

1981

HJR 36

Grand Jury for Capital Offenses

November 1982

437,231 to 157,000

I, Sect. 8

XVIII

1981

HJR 64

Delegation of regulatory authority. Disapproval of administrative regulations

November 1982

392,606 to 167,570

II

XIX

1981

HJR 46

Extra compensation to public officers prohibited [midterm raises]

November 1982

322,557 to 241,597

XI, Sect. 2

XX

1981

HJR 95

Creation of Appellate Court

November 1982

387, 116 to 156, 257

V, Sect. 2

XXI

1983

HJR 47

Disability Discrimination

November 1984

637,754 to 180,955

I,  Sect. 20

XXII

1984

HJR 3

When to succeed and act as Governor

November 1984

713, 791 to 95, 116

IV, Sect. 18

XXIII

1984

HJR 35

Appointment of State Attorney by a Criminal Justice Commission

November 1984

554, 953 to 208, 631

IV

XXIV

1985

HJR 9

Prohibit the use of the party lever in any state or local election

November 1986

302,899 to 297,827

VI, Sect. 5

XXV

1985

SJR 65

Selection, nomination, appointment and removal of judges

November 1986

396, 555 to 192, 180

V, Sect. 2

XXVII

1991

HJR 22

Admission of electors in absentia

November 1992

708,030 to 260,885

VI, Sect. 8

XXVIII

June 5 Special Session 1991

HJR 205

Spending Cap

November 1992

829, 868 to 195, 630

III, Sect. 18

XXIX

1996

SJR13

Crime victims’ rights

November 1996

656,223 to 179,882

I, Sect. 8

XXX

2000

SJR 15

Election of Sheriffs

November 2000

585, 155 to 307, 275

IV, Sect. 25

XXXI

2008

HJR 21

 
Registered 17-year-olds permitted to vote in primaries

November 2008

900,491 to 508,396

 
VI, Sect. 11