A narrow reading of the 14th Amendment’s Privilege or Immunities Clause altered the trajectory of constitutional law.
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Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at a case about Puerto Rico’s sovereignty just accepted by the Supreme Court and the Fifth Amendment concept of double jeopardy.
Hawaii joined the Union on this day in 1959, an act that remains historically significant but not without controversy.
There’s a lot of buzz on the Internet today about a possible upcoming voter referendum to divide California into six states. But the constitutional reality is that such a plan faces very long odds.
Article IV of the Constitution outlines the duties states have to each other, and the duties the federal government has to the states. It provides for the admission of new states and defines a process for changing state boundaries. It also originally included the Fugitive Slave clause, which is now obsolete.