Constitutional Amendments

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 & ResolutionTitleAdoptedConstitution

Article and Section Number
I1969

HJR 95
Election of Attorney GeneralNovember 1970

499,505 to 91,260
IV, Sect. 1
II, sec. 11969

HJR 26
Minimum age requirements for Senators set at 21November 1970

471,516 to 130,178
III, Sect. 3
II, sec. 21969

HJR 26
Minimum age for Representatives set at 21November 1970

471,516 to 130,178
III, Sect. 4
II, sec. 31969

HJR 26
Eligibility for office set at 21November 1970

471,516 to 130,178
VI, Sect. 10
III1969

HJR 160
Annual sessions of the General AssemblyNovember 1970

455,483 to 140,320
III, Sect. 2
IV1971

HJR 83
Challenges & numbers of jurorsDecember 22, 1972

381,895 to 156,092
I, Sect. 19
V1972

HJR 4
Discrimination on account of sexNovember 1974

460,711 to 135,427
I, Sect. 20
VI1972

HJR 9
Method of proposing and approving constitutional amendmentsNovember 1974

398,029 to 116,495
XII
VII1973

HJR 37
Forfeiture of electoral privileges upon convictionNovember 1974

357,179 to 152,665
VI, Sect. 3
VII, sec. 11973

SJR 22
Justices of the PeaceNovember 1974

301,707 to 236,692
V, Sect. 5
VII, sec. 21973

SJR 22
Age limitation of judges. Exception.November 1974

301,707 to 236,692
V, Sect. 6
IX1975

HJR 48
Lowers age of electors to 18 and relaxes qualificationsNovember 1976

545,281 to 119,533
VI, Sect. 1
X1975

HJR 51
Pre-registration of 17-year-olds to vote.November 1976

393,819 to 301, 751
VI, Sect. 11
XI1976

HJR 44
Judicial censure, removal or suspension. Judicial Review CouncilNovember 1976

527, 198 to 133, 860
V
XII1976

SJR5
Supreme Court to have original jurisdiction for review of Decennial ReapportionmentNovember 1976

90,950 to 27,373
III, Sect. 6
XIII1979

HJR 92
Removal to another town [repeal of 6-month residency requirement for voting]November 1980

441,087 to 225,096
VI, Sect. 9
XIV1979

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, sec. 11979

HJR 103
Minimum age requirements for Senators lowered to 18November 1980

357,845 to 320,945
III, Sect. 3
XV, sec. 21979

HJR 103
Minimum age for Representatives lowered to 18November 1980

357,845 to 320,945
III, Sect. 4
XV, sec. 31979

HJR 103
Eligibility for office lowered to 18November 1980

357,845 to 320,945
VI, Sect. 10
XVI, sec. 11980

HJR 3
Reapportionment, Congressional and General Assembly districts to be consistent with federal standardsNovember 1980

414,907 to 203,837
III, Sect. 5
XVI, sec. 21980

HJR 3
Supreme Court review period shortened and timetable extended for Decennial ReapportionmentNovember 1976

414,907 to 203,837
III, Sect. 6
XVII1981

HJR 36
Grand Jury for Capital OffensesNovember 1982

437,231 to 157,000
I, Sect. 8
XVIII1981

HJR 64
Delegation of regulatory authority. Disapproval of administrative regulationsNovember 1982

392,606 to 167,570
II
XIX1981

HJR 46
Extra compensation to public officers prohibited [midterm raises]November 1982

322,557 to 241,597
XI, Sect. 2
XX1981

HJR 95
Creation of Appellate CourtNovember 1982

387, 116 to 156, 257
V, Sect. 2
XXI1983

HJR 47
Disability DiscriminationNovember 1984

637,754 to 180,955
I, Sect. 20
XXII1984

HJR 3
When to succeed and act as GovernorNovember 1984

713, 791 to 95, 116
IV, Sect. 18
XXIII1984

HJR 35
Appointment of State Attorney by a Criminal Justice CommissionNovember 1984

554, 953 to 208, 631
IV
XXIV1985

HJR 9
Prohibit the use of the party lever in any state or local electionNovember 1986

302,899 to 297,827
VI, Sect. 5
XXV1985

SJR 65
Selection, nomination, appointment and removal of judgesNovember 1986

396, 555 to 192, 180
V, Sect. 2
XXVII1991

HJR 22
Admission of electors in absentiaNovember 1992

708,030 to 260,885
VI, Sect. 8
XXVIIIJune 5 Special Session 1991

HJR 205
Spending CapNovember 1992

829, 868 to 195, 630
III, Sect. 18
XXIX1996

SJR13
Crime victims’ rightsNovember 1996

656,223 to 179,882
I, Sect. 8
XXX2000

SJR 15
Election of SheriffsNovember 2000

585, 155 to 307, 275
IV, Sect. 25
XXXI2008

HJR 21
Registered 17-year-olds permitted to vote in primariesNovember 2008

900,491 to 508,396
VI, Sect. 11