Constitutional Amendments

The Connecticut Constitution, 1965-2008:

Legislative History of Amendments

The current constitution was adopted in 1965 and has been amended 31 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 table below includes links to each legislative history in the Title column. The print materials are available in the Law & Legislative Reference Unit. Please see our research guide about Connecticut Constitutional History for additional information.

 

Amendment ArticleYear & ResolutionTitle (links to legislative history)Date Adopted & Popular Vote TotalsConstitution Article
& Section
I1969

HJR 95
Election of Attorney General.November 25, 1970

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

HJR 26
Minimum age requirement for senate set at 21.November 25, 1970

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

HJR 26
Minimum age requirement for representatives set at 21.November 25, 1970

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

HJR 26
Eligibility for office set at 21 years of age.November 25, 1970

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

HJR 160
Annual sessions of the General Assembly.November 25, 1970

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

HJR 83
Challenges & number of jurors.December 22, 1972

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

HJR 4
Discrimination on account of sex.November 27, 1974

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

HJR 9
Method of proposing and approving constitutional amendments.November 27, 1974

398,029 to
116,495
XII
VII1973

HJR 37
Forfeiture of electoral privileges upon conviction.November 27, 1974

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

SJR 22
Justices of the Peace. Repealed.November 27, 1974

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

SJR 22
Age limitation of judges. Exception.November 27, 1974

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

HJR 48
Lowers age of electors to 18 and relaxes qualifications.November 24, 1976

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

HJR 51
Preregistration of 17-year-old citizens to vote.November 24, 1976

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

HJR 44
Judicial censure, removal or suspension. Judicial Review Council.November 24, 1976

527,198 to
133,860
V
XII1976

SJR 5
Supreme Court to have original jurisdiction for review of Decennial ReapportionmentNovember 24, 1976

499,448 to
134,245
III, Sect. 6
XIII1979

HJR 92
Removal to another town. Repealed.November 26, 1980

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

SJR 69
Changes to the voter registration period for preregistering 17-year-olds.November 26, 1980

370,326 to
326,503
VI, Sect. 11
XV, sec. 11979

HJR 103
Age requirement for senators lowered to 18.November 26, 1980

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

HJR 103
Age requirement for Representatives lowered to 18.November 26, 1980

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

HJR 103
Eligibility for office lowered to 18.November 26, 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 standards.November 26, 1980

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

HJR 3
Supreme Court review period shortened and timetable extended for Decennial Reapportionment.November 26, 1980

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

HJR 36
Grand Jury for Capital Offenses.November 24, 1982

437,231 to
157,080
I, Sect. 8
XVIII1981

HJR 64
Delegation of regulatory authority. Disapproval of administrative regulations.November 24, 1982

392,606 to
167,570
II
XIX1981

HJR 46
Extra compensation to elected officials and public contractors prohibited; exception.November 24, 1982

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

HJR 95
Creation of the Appellate Court.November 24, 1982

387,116 to
156,257
V, Sect. 1-2
XXI1983

HJR 47
Disability Discrimination.November 28, 1984

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

HJR 3
When to succeed and act as Governor.November 28, 1984

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

HJR 35
Appointment of State's Attorneys by a Criminal Justice Commission.November 28, 1984

554,953 to
208,631
IV
XXIV1985

HJR 9
Prohibit the use of the party lever in any state or local election.November 19, 1986

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

SJR 65
Selection, nomination, appointment and removal of judges. Judicial Selection Commission. November 19, 1986

396,555 to
192,180
V, Sect. 2
XXVIJune Special
Session 1990

SJR 201
Supreme Court Review timetable extended.November 28, 1990

288,609 to
244,964
III, Sect. 6
XXVII1991

HJR 22
Absentee admission of electors.November 25, 1992

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

HJR 205
Spending Cap.November 25, 1992

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

SJR 13
Crime victims’ rights.November 27, 1996

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

SJR 15
Election of Sheriffs. Repealed.November 29, 2000

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

HJR 21
Permits registered 17-year-olds to vote in primaries.November 26, 2008

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