When was the last time you reviewed the Utah constitution? Salt Lake Attorney Ben Lusty argues that in all the renewal of interest in the US constitution, we’ve missed the boat with state constitutions.
But this rebirth of constitutional interest ignores the state constitutions. From this author’s own experience, political activists carry copies of the U.S. Constitution and quote verbatim (and from memory) extended passages of Article I, section 8, or the First Amendment. The Utah Constitution (or for that matter the constitutions of the other states) remains covered in apathy, or ignorance. And yet, it is fundamental law within our happy little republic between the mountains and valleys of Utah.
Sure you can quote whole passages of the Bill of Rights, but did you know that under the Utah constitution every able-bodied man is a member of the state militia? That Utah is “forever inseparable” from the United States?
If we live in a federalist system (and you can argue over republic or democracy with someone else), then the state is a sovereign, much as is the federal government in D.C., and as such, we ought to know what our sovereign state’s constitution says.
(h/t Equity of the Law)
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