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How would you change the Maryland constitution?

Christopher Dean Hopkins

The Post's Aaron Davis writes this morning about a ballot question that will ask voters whether the state should hold a constitutional convention to update or streamline the state government's core document. But why wait until November?

Let's start with a poll, and then give you the chance to edit the Constitution of Maryland as you see fit.

Use the links below to see and make changes to the text of the Constitution of Maryland, or just leave your ideas in the comments below. We'll highlight some of our readers' proposals later this week.

Declaration of Rights -- A basic enumeration of rights similar to the Bill of Rights.
Articles I-III -- Covers elections and the executive and legislative branches.
Articles IV-V -- Covers the judicial branch, as well as the attorney general and state's attorneys.
Articles VI-XI -- Covers the Treasury Department, education, military affairs and county commissioners, plus a series of amendments focused on Baltimore.
Articles XII-XIX -- Covers additional election issues, public works, the creation of new counties and video gambling.

Good luck, and happy amending.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 4, 2010; 9:19 AM ET
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Rewrite the state constitution to kick all the Republitards out of Maryland, into the redneck Virginia and the rest of South where they belong!

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | July 5, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

The larger a constitution, the more its been corrupted.

Posted by: dnara | July 5, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

the constitution needs to be reblanced so that the executive and legislative branches are equal. The budget process needs to be streamlined so the legislature has all the latest info before it has to make a final vote. If it can't be cut down to two pages or less, forget it.

Posted by: VikingRider | July 5, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Rewrite Article 36 to remove discrimination against atheists. It's not enforced, obviously, but it has no business being in there, and if it singled out any other minority it would have been struck from the constitution decades ago.

Posted by: Chip_M | July 5, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Add sexual orientation to Article 2 of the Declaration of Rights.

Posted by: emcglaughlin | July 5, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

We need to stop blaming elected officials for our problems and start electing politicians that are not corrupted by corporate America and religious nuts who want to enforce religious law like they do in Iran by appointing Islamic judges to all their courts.

Posted by: creation | July 5, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The single most pernicious obstacle to freedom in our country is the practice of gerrymandering voting districts which is enshrined in just about every state constitution. As long as the politicians can continue to select their voters rather than the other way around, we will fail to have governments that are responsive to the citizenry. Just look at the tortured contours of the grotesque MD Fourth Congressional District (tailor made in Anapolis to evict Connie Morella from the US Capitol years ago) to see why we need to start over at a constitutional level to restore democracy to the Free State.

Posted by: Jackmathias | July 5, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Yes, there should ber a new system of drawing up congressional AND state legislative districts. But how do you get the pols out of it?
I also think the Board of Public Works should be abolished and the Comptroller and Treasurer positions should be appointed, not elected.

Posted by: VikingRider | July 5, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

We should also get rid of the current primary system, make it an open primary. The two parties have become fat, lazy, and don't represent the majority of the people in this state. After all, politics is all about egos, personalities, and money, issues and political philosphy, have little to do with it anymore.

Posted by: VikingRider | July 5, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

The current Maryland constitution needs to be reviewed, at the very least. It is one of the longest constitutions, word-wise, in the country. It needs to be made easier to read for the general public, if our elected officials can't even understand the document, how can we trust them to uphold it?

Do changes need to be made, maybe? One of the most important and historic decisions the voters need to make this November is vote whether or not to call for a convention. I ask all Marylanders to at least look at our constitution before the election and ask yourself "Does it need to be reviewed?"

Posted by: skip727 | July 6, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

I sure as heck wouldn't leave slots in Marylqnd's constitution, alongside property and individual rights. It doesn't belong there for two reasons: 1. it's blatently inappropriate (the term constitution is supposed to embody "(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the fundamental political principles on which a state is governed, esp when considered as embodying the rights of the subjects of that state"; 2. it's too difficult to change should it need to be changed.

Posted by: Jefferson5 | July 6, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

A provision that would go a long way towards opening up the political playing field would be terms limits for delegates and state senators, plus term limits on all other state elected positions. Perhaps this might weaken or eliminate the professional politicians in this state who have spent their entire careers at the public trough.

Posted by: VikingRider | July 6, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I believe we need to have a Constitutional Convention and take a lot of the power currently vested in the Governor and dispurse it. We need to add term limits to move out the professional politicians we have who are ruled by lobbyists. Our state is very corrupt.

Posted by: judyrobinson2 | July 6, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

A convention would be worth it just to add true nonpartisan redistricting for legislative and congressional districts. Redistricting has been abused by the legislature for years especially for congressional seats where no restraint exists to prevent gerrymandering.

Posted by: evwill | July 6, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Make the following amendments:

House of Delegates elected to 2-year terms, Senate retains 4-year terms.

Make the Lt. Governor the president of the Senate but having no vote unless to break a tie.

Include the right to keep and bear arms in the bill of rights.

Posted by: kalvinistken | July 7, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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