Amendment Article XVII
Grand jury for capital offenses.
CONSTITUTION ARTICLE I, Section 8
HJR 36 1981
Senate: 619, 3799-3801
House: 1085, 3141-3152
Committee: Judiciary: 369-370
Total Pages: 19 pages
Adopted: November 24, 1982 by a popular vote of 437,231 in favor and 157,000 against.
“This would protect those accused from arbitrary or unjustified use of the grand jury. And those who know how a grand jury system works, know the abuses that are inherent to it and this would be a better process … if you want to see justice done.”
–Rep. Onorato speaking to the house on April 28, 1981 to explain that proposed constitutional amendment H.J.R. No. 36 will substitute a probable cause hearing for a grand jury indictment in capital cases.