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April 24th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

New law for your state's constitution?

There's a growing chorus of voices in California who think it's time to rip up the state constitution and start all over. Support for a proposed constitutional convention - once considered nothing more than a gimmick - has been building.

Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger supports amending his state constitution so government can run more smoothly.

Even Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he would back an effort to change the document so the state's government could function more smoothly.

California's constitution - which has been amended more than 500 times - is one of the longest and most complicated in the world. Supporters of a constitutional convention want to put a proposal on the November 2010 ballot that would focus the convention on a few key issues - like budget reform, open primaries, and allowing local governments to collect and spend tax revenues - instead of the state. It would not include controversial social issues like gay marriage.

One supporter insists California needs to change its constitution because the state is in crisis. He points to serious issues with education, the transit network, the water supply and an overflowing prison system.

But critics claim this is all just a ruse to raise taxes; and could open up the constitution to changes driven by special interest groups. One expert says it's reasonable for voters to be scared of the prospect: "Once you open it up, you don't know where it's going to go."

Here’s my question to you: What new law would you add to your state's constitution?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Tom writes:
Any employer caught employing illegal aliens should have their business confiscated, and should be given automatic one-year jail sentences.

Kristy from Texas writes:
We should allow any dim-witted governor and his group of followers to secede immediately and form their own country. They can call it a "second Texas" if they like. They will not receive any federal funding at all. We wouldn't want them to live a "socialist" nation. However, the governor and those followers will never be allowed on U.S. soil again.

Dennis from North Carolina writes:
Two terms for all elected offices instead of the present system with no limit, which leads to greed and corruption.

Rob from New York writes:
Marriage for all, gay or straight. Enough already. Equal rights for all Americans.

AJ writes:
Persons must prove U.S. citizenship to receive free social services.

Colin from Wisconsin writes:
Hey Jack, If I could add a new law to the Wisconsin State Constitution it would be the legalization of cannabis. Then Wisconsin would become rich from taxes and tourism to our wonderful state.

Lee from Bloomington, Indiana writes:
Jack, Indiana needs to amend its Constitution to allow Sunday liquor purchases. I thought the last 8 years of Republican tragicomedy were bad. The last few months have been worse. I need to buy booze after Republicans appear on the Sunday talk shows!


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soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. John

    I'm not gay, but I'd add a law making gay marriage legal.

    It's time to end the discrimination against gays. The haters will get used to the change eventually–just as they did in 1920 when women finally got the vote.

    April 24, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  2. Conor in Chicago

    A new law I would add is that if a Govenor is ousted from office for being corrupt he is bound by law to leave the state and never appear on television ever again. You suck Blago!

    April 24, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  3. Lisa, San Jose CA

    There will be no discrimination on the basis of gender.

    April 24, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  4. Samir from Florida

    Once you reach the age of 60, you would have to re-take the exam for your drivers liscense. I feel like I'm playing dodge ball in my car every day. As you can tell, I'm writing from South Florida.

    April 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  5. Jason, Koloa, HI

    The newest Hawaii state law is that nobody is allowed to wear shoes on Friday. No exceptions.

    April 24, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  6. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    I would add to the Commonwealth of Virginia's Constitution the following: The Commonwealth National Guard shall protect the borders and send all illigal aliens back to their country of origin at the Federal Governments expense!

    April 24, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  7. Jim El Paso Tx

    Assuming we don't leave the Union as our idiot leader wants..I'd say ENGLISH is the ONLY language to be spoken in schools an businesses in Texas!

    April 24, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  8. Frank McConnell

    No new laws, but I would like some old laws removed. Laws relateing to sexual conduct or recreational drug use. Leave laws that actually protect citizens and get rid of those that only legislate morality

    Green Bay, WI

    April 24, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  9. Will from San Jose

    California has a budget fiasco every year with politicians spending far more time and effort on their posturing then on the actual policy. I'd add a modification to the state's term limit laws and prohibit anyone in the state congress from running for reelection if the budget is not passed by the yearly deadline.

    April 24, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  10. Jackie in Dallas

    One that forbids the Governor for calling for sessesion from the U.S.!

    Hopefully, Texans will be able to rid ourselves of the embarassment of Perry in a better way than we rid ourselves of Governor Bush!

    April 24, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  11. Paul Austin, Texas

    A law that would put a cap on intrest rates for any loan at 9% at 9% the banks and loan companies would still make plenty and we would all have a chance to pay the loans off.

    April 24, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  12. Troy Acker

    NEW LAW: Enforce the law!

    Tulsa,OK

    April 24, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  13. JD in NH

    Every citizen has the right to healthcare they can afford. My state seems to have attracted every cherry-picking health insurance company in existence and if you don't have a gold mine in the back yard, they aren't interested in covering you. We need some of that demon "socialism" (from your other question) applied to healthcare in this country.

    April 24, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  14. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    Term Limits, Term Limits, Term Limits

    April 24, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  15. Joe in Missouri

    A law which forbids topical, silly, politically self-serving amendments to the state's constitution.

    April 24, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  16. Dan from Alliance, OH

    I would rather remove several of the things people have added to the constitution. A state's constitution should mirror the US constitution and have no more or less in it.

    April 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  17. James in TN

    I don't how that got sent but, I apologise....

    My answer is tho, I would limit the number of year you could have a seat in the state's congress and, I really think it should apply to the U.S. Congress. I can count on one hand the people I'd hate to see go.

    April 24, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  18. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    The FairTax Ammendment

    April 24, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  19. Ed Reed

    Now Therefore Be it Resolved that there is an open hunting season on all politicians and there is no limit.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    April 24, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  20. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    I would like to see a law where Y'all and fixin' to are banned from all form of communication. I'm from N.J. and miss hearing understandable English.

    April 24, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  21. Chuck in Warren,Ohio

    Jack: Marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

    April 24, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  22. Kerry Diehl

    Ohhhhh, where do I start????

    The first law would be to heavily limit the ability of the Federal Government to interfere in our states business!

    Less Federal Government is good and more effective for all concerned!

    April 24, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  23. Gordon, Flemington, NJ

    No consumer is legally responsible for any contract longer than 500 words. If you can't spell out the terms in simple English, you are probably trying to cheat people. This would cut back on our need for lawyers, and provide good jobs for English majors.

    April 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  24. Maggie from peterborough

    Why would anyone consider adding any new laws to the constitution when the present laws are constantly being ignored?

    April 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  25. John from Alabama

    Jack: The Alabama State Constitution is one of the longest and most admended constitution's in the world. The State of Alabama needs a constitutional convention to rewrite an entire new constitution. The present constitution was written 1901, and many things have changed in the and Alabama since 1901.

    April 24, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  26. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    I would recommend a law that prioritizes health care and education.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  27. Joe CE

    That benefits be paid only to citizens of the State – US citizen with proof of state residence.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  28. Rob of Brooklyn

    Marriage for all–gay or straight. enough already .Equal rights for all American's

    April 24, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  29. Dennis North Carolina

    two terms for all elected offices instead of the present system with no limit which leads to greed and corruption.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  30. Burt in Arizona

    Term Limits for Congressmen and Senators.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  31. Jenna Wade

    What new law would you add to your state’s constitution?

    Civil Union for ALL.

    We are a nation that is suppose to seperate Church and State, so the "State" doesn't need to be issuing Religious marriage licenses,

    After a couple obtains a Civil Union License, they can go to their house of worship to have a ceremony and be issues a "Marriage" license.

    A house of worship will not be required to perform same sex marriages UNLESS they take state/federal funding. If they take funding or tax free status of any kind then they can not discriminate against any consenting adult in the "state"

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    April 24, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  32. Tina Tx

    I would bring in Casino gambling to the state of Texas and that would bring in more jobs since all the good paying jobs keep going over seas because they want us to work for peanuts so why not let me spend my money on some fun. Texas invented the game of Texas Hold Em and legally cannot play. We Texans flood the surrounding states to play.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  33. Tommy Thomas in Abilene Tx.

    I would pass a law that candidates for governor be of somewhat normal intelligence-unlike the current statehouse occupant or his predecessor.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  34. Jackie in Dallas

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    One that forbids the Governor for calling for sessesion from the U.S.!

    Hopefully, Texans will be able to rid ourselves of the embarassment of Perry in a better way than we rid ourselves of Governor Bush!

    April 24, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  35. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,I would love to see the voting laws changed here in Ohio,so I could register as an independent,Right now the way the laws are I have to register as Democrat or or Republican and I really don't want anything to do with either!!!!!!

    April 24, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  36. Melissa

    That the Governor is forbidden to allow the people of his state to go destitute and homeless just because it furthers his or her political agenda.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  37. Venia PA

    That no more republicans would be allowed to run for any office!

    April 24, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  38. Dean in Macungie,PA

    Jack,

    I think an amendment should be added to PA's constiution, that if you lived your whole life in the state upon retirement you have healthcare until you die.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  39. Paula in Albuquerque

    A "Three Strikes" law, for chronic felons.

    Three felony convictions result in a mandatory LIFE sentence...period.

    ...............................................................................................................................
    No school-aged child can "drop-out" of school, before graduating from high school...

    April 24, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  40. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    I would add a law that would return our unemployment laws to what they used to be once the stimulus money runs out. I understand that desperate times call for desperate measures, but things should go back to normal when things get back to normal.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  41. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    The right to have health care, and smoke pot.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  42. Craig- Hastings, MN

    That the Democratic and Republican parties be forever BANNED.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  43. Jennifer from Ohio

    Here in Ohio, our Supreme Court has ruled 3 times that it is unconstitutional to fund public schools through property taxes, as it results in a disparity of resources between rich and poor neighborhoods. Yet every year our schools continue to put levies on our ballots to continue this practice. I would like a law passed that upholds the 3x Supreme Court ruling and instead pools all property tax revenue into one pot, which is then distributed to each school district at a fixed dollar amount per pupil.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  44. Melinda, OH

    In the state of Ohio, in the Canton and Massillon area – keep some Misdemeanor 1's in the BCI and FBI database. This holds people back from ever being employed to work with children or the elderly. Some employers such as children day care centers and nursing homes, and Government jobs can view an expunged record. This holds people back from getting jobs such as: license as a state tested nurse, License nurse, License Social Worker. Etc. Our legislature in Ohio needs changed so people that has an expunged M1 can eventually get a good paying job after 10yrs and longer of no criminal behavior, and be able to get license after finishing college.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  45. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Cell phones cannot be used while driving a car, bus, truck, etc or in the grocery store or movie theather. First offense fined $100. Each additional fine doubled. All monies to go to buy food for the food banks.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  46. Tom from Philly

    Hey i swing left but I am still american, my amendment to the constitution of PENNYLVANIA would be "Tom from philly is hereby exempted from paying state income tax, turnpike tolls, and sales tax, forever, the public utilities are hereby commanded to provide free water, electric, gas, phone, digital TV (cable, fibreoptic or satelite), sewer, and he is hereby exempted from real estate tax on his primary residence for the rest of his natural life."

    April 24, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  47. ajks

    1. Persons must prove United States citizenship to receive free social services.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  48. Mike of Hot Springs.

    As a former resident of California I can state that the state needs either a new constitution or an amendment that bans amendments. Their amendment process has created a confusing mix of rules and laws that no one can navigate with any degree of success. They need to establish some order. Perhaps the best thing they could do is divide the state down the middle and make it North and South California. They each half could make their own constitution and perhaps have more cohesive government.

    April 24, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  49. Daniel Indiana

    A law that would make it illegal for a political division of federal representation. It's time to put an end to elected office for life because you have a secure district.

    April 24, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  50. bill

    Bill in Illinois
    Term Limits

    April 24, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  51. Mike – Denver, CO

    Attorneys that lose frivolous law suits automatically get disbarred, in addition to paying all court fees involved in the proceedings. That could solve lots of problems.

    April 24, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  52. Christine from Ocean City, MD

    Abolish the Electoral college. To design new voting machines, use open-source code.

    April 24, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  53. Missy M

    Term limits for all elected officials - all of them, no exceptions along with a no vote-no pay rule. Also, remove the laws that make it difficult for people to get involved in politics - the average person should be able to run for Congress, mayor or any other elected office without needing to hire an attorney to interpret the laws and rules of running for office.

    April 24, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  54. K

    1) TERMLIMITS!!!!!!! 2) No increased fees to disguise tax hikes, no pork barrelling
    3) all government officials take a 10% pay cut and receive NO automatic pay increases
    4) mandatory that all elected officials represent the people who elected them no special interests or party affiliation (well, hope spirngs eternal)
    5) ALL LEGISLATION THAT WOULD RESULT IN INCREASED SPENDING, PAY HIKES MUST BE APPROVED BY THE PUBLIC.
    5) did I mention TERM LIMITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 24, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  55. Rose in Az

    Because I live in the state of Arizona, I would like to see an amendment that says law enforcement agencies MUST enforce laws regarding illegal immigration without fear of reprisals.

    April 24, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  56. Steven from NJ

    Term limits for the state assembly and senate. Both in this state are to set in their ways to do anything different. We need new leadership!

    April 24, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  57. Jay in Texas

    A law to legalize gay marriage so that all Texans enjoy equal rights in that area.
    Brownwood, Texas

    April 24, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  58. Terrance in Hartville, MO

    I would end drug prohibition, and stop this failed so called "war on drugs".

    April 24, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  59. Cori

    There should always be money for education, and it's important because as we can see that they have serious problems, it seems there will never be any agreement on what that law will be. I say, education.

    April 24, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  60. Chryssa

    Jack, I would add gays and lesbians as a protected class under the Idaho Human Rights Act. It's perfectly legal to discriminate in our workplaces here, and just this year our state government voted against amending the act. Such an embarrassment.

    Boise, ID

    April 24, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  61. Pugas-AZ

    shorter terms for politicans.

    April 24, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  62. S, Michigan

    Term limits- each state senator shall have a 2 term limit; then we need to do the same with congress too.

    April 24, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  63. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale Florida

    Jack

    The first change I would make is checking all cars and trucks crossing state lines for ciminals.. Since the Fed won't enforce our laws it would be refreshing change if the state took authority...

    April 24, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  64. Sandy

    Dowagiac Michigan

    I live in Michigan. We are a mess.

    I would eliminate the legislative term limits we adopted a few years back. If anyone wants to see how to maximize government gridlock and legislative ineffectiveness just look at Michigan.

    I voted for term limits. Boy did we get it wrong. We took a bad system and made it worse. What a massive mistake it has turned out to be.

    April 24, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  65. Susan from Twin Falls Idaho

    Term limits. the old guard doesn't have to say what their intentions are, they just put out there signs every two or four years and we get the same old stale ideas.Our state house of reps has been in session so long this year with no relief in sight. It makes you wonder if they're trying to pad their pocket books. We deserve better.

    April 24, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  66. Dan, Chantilly VA

    Minimum IQ requirements to cast a vote. That would eliminate pretty much all the hard-line Democrats and Republicans. Just imagine, laws would be dictated by logic and reason instead of ignorance and opinions. A world where idiots have no power. Sounds like utopia to me.

    April 24, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  67. Alan - Buxton, Maine

    Two things Jack: an intelligence test (to discover if there is any present) and term limits. These morons get re-elected year after year and continue to do damage for decades in some cases. There has to be a way to prevent it at some point.

    April 24, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  68. Kirven Dunham

    I live in CA and the biggest problem are all these ballot measures. We elected our "leaders" to do a job and all they do is pass the buck. So here is what I would do:
    1 – All ballot measure would require a 60% vote to pass
    2 – State must set aside 10% of revenue for a rainy day
    3 – Congressional district must be drawn for fairness not party
    4 – Convert to a pay as you go system. Any program or tax cut must be paid for now not later

    Kirven Dunham
    Rancho Cordova, CA

    April 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  69. allen

    Do something about all of the illegal mexicans in our state. Like quit rolling the red carpet out for these people. And start taking care of our own people. Everytime I go to the store, I have to avoid hitting all the illegal mexicans trespassing in the stores parking lot. The problem is you get these rich conservative republicans, who hire these people, so they can line their pockets more. Instead of hiring the homeless guy on the corner, who is legal. Oh and please get rid of Arnold already.....

    April 24, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  70. Steven

    Steven, Washington DC: The number one law in any state constitution should be "Equal rights for ALL citizens."

    April 24, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  71. Chandler Tedholm

    Jack,

    I live in New Jersey. We have a state constitution? Who knew?

    Ted,
    Rockaway, NJ

    April 24, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  72. B in NC

    Why make new laws? The ones on the record now are not upheld.

    Start by upholding the ones already in place and see if new laws are needed.

    What a waste of people's time and efforts.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  73. Libby

    My suggestion would be two things. One, that every person gets their birthday off, with pay. Two, that every politician in the state's government should make, as their salary, the average of that person's county. Nothing more. Then they'd have a better idea of how their constituents had to deal with the financial side of daily life.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  74. Rosie Foster

    Jack,

    First and foremost, I would inact a law (in every state consitution) that required a VOTE on any legislation that costs the taxpayors millions of dollars, whether through spending or taxes. A very specific number could be set as a cap. Second, I would restrict lobbying by special interest groups by utilizing that same type of cap. I would also mandate that legislation specific to a city or county (not pertaining to the entire state) be deferred to the local governments.

    Rosie
    Spring Hill, FL

    April 24, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  75. HD in Phoenix, AZ

    We need a law in Arizona that has teeth and pro-actively seeks out, prosecutes and deports illegal aliens back to Mexico along with thier pro-amnesty sympathizers.

    HD in Phoenix, AZ

    April 24, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  76. Pat in Greensboro

    What the hell, we voted for change, didn't we?

    April 24, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  77. Dick in Minnesota

    I would make Marijuana legal and tax it to high heaven (sorry about the pun).

    April 24, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  78. Nancy, Grand Ledge,MI

    I would change back to a part time legislature. They only work part time anyway! That would give them less time to screw things up! Then I would eliminate income tax on the first $25,000 that anyone makes. That's barely enough to live on.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  79. Katiec Pekin, IL

    The state of Illinois wanted to redo the constitution but the voters turned it down, mostly because of costs and lack of trust as to
    how it would be changed.
    The basic constitution is probably not that difficult to understand, but when 500 amendments are added it becomes an albatros. Unless
    the constitution restricts in numerous ways, suggest they go after, delete and revamp the amendments.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  80. grumpy in michigan

    part time legislature part time pay by the hour with time cards. no lifetime medical no lifetime pension NO PARTY AFFILIATION.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  81. william fitzwater

    Yea;
    Califronia needs a Overhauling...

    April 24, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  82. Pete, Fla.

    In Florida, I think we need a law that requires all the snow birds (a.k.a Northern residents) that visit in the winter to be banned from driving. Gosh, they cause such traffic problems.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  83. Ed from Tallahassee Florida

    No cutting taxes in the Good Times and then turning around and cutting kids educations in the Bad Times.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  84. Jim/NC

    Very simple addition: If a current Governor, his cabinet, and state legislators develop a budget that spends more money than they take in, within 12 months the entire bunch are impeached and the special election should be held to fill every single seat. The American people must send a strict and enforceable message to our government officials.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  85. CHRIS, Bx., NY

    Mandatory 1-2 yr. service in the state's national guard, or community service of some type, which would guarantee 2 yrs. of paid college.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  86. Greg Mechanicsburg, PA

    I do not believe that a new law is necessary here in Pennsylvania or in California. I do strongly support the idea of constitutional conventions being held in every state of the union, as long as the people of each state have voice in its writing. If our nation did not hold a constitutional convention in its youth, we would not be here in the United States of today. Do not be afraid to give up the mediocre for the opportunity to gain the excellent.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  87. Gigi

    What a Pandora's box that would be. I wouldn't touch that question with a ten foot poll. A near by neighbor.

    Oregon

    April 24, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  88. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    Politicians will serve pro bono and lobbying is a hanging offense.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  89. Thom Richer

    Only legal citizens, either by birth of an already legalized parent, or having become a legalized citizen through the law, will be granted Educational, Health or Social Security benefits.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    April 24, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  90. Greg, Ontario

    All illegal immigrants will be suited up and sent to Iraq or Afghanistan for 1 year ( no pay just 3 hots and a cot ) . If you survive you get a green card and if not well at least you took a shot at it. If your sent back wounded it's "no hard feelings" back to Mexico you go.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  91. Mike, from Florida

    Writing new laws to a state constitution implies that the Federal government cares what the states have to say on issues. Sorry...they don't.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  92. Buddy, Columbia, Mo..

    What new law (singular)? I have a long list but Utopia is just a pipedream.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  93. Linda in Arizona

    I don't have the expertise to answer that.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  94. David from Granville, OHIO

    There is nothing wrong with ripping up constitutiions – and not having one!

    If you think this is crazy we British have NEVER had a onstitution for the UK – and things work just fine.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  95. Boisepoet

    A new convention doesn't necessarily mean new laws will added to the constitution, it could mean the ability to clear up the laws that are already there, or define how to better streamline the process of government.

    Remember the Federal Constitution is primarily an outline of the duties of the three branches and how they should operate, then the rights are added afterward. We all saw what happened when they tried to add a 'law' such as prohibition onto the document; failure.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  96. T.E. from OK

    The Republicans have been trying to do this for years and are succeeding. What a shame.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  97. Ron from SF

    No, every time they modify the State's Constitution, it benefits the right wing money interests and things get worse in California. It's Constitutional changes, that has us in this budget mess. Case in point, the change requiring a 2/3 vote of the Legislature to pass a budget. This has left us hostage to a selfish little Republican Minority, who don’t care about Education or even if the state government can operate. As long as they have low taxes on the rich, the rest can go down the drain. Or worse yet, Prop 8, which says some guy who's married 3 times has a more valid marriage than a gay couple.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  98. Mary-California

    Being a Californian, I would add a new law that would control Illegals and Drugs crossing the border between California and Mexico. There may be existing laws but nohing has been enforced. California has big financial problems and it cannot continue to provide medical care and education to Illegals who are in California and receiving the benefits of State funds.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  99. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    Here in Connecticut we just voted down a Constitutional Convention. The main arguement against it was that gays would lose their rights, and no other aspects of the idea were discussed. I voted for it. We have systemic problems here that need to be addressed in our Constitution. Chief among them is a culture of corruption and lack of ethics in Law Enforcement & our Courts.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  100. marlene

    Jack, I'll bet that in most states, one person in one hundred have not read their state's constitution. It's hard enough to get people to vote. Therefore, most states don't have many chances for change. Marlene in Mich

    April 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  101. Carl from Citrus Heights, California

    A majority vote to determine the out come of all legislation brought to the floor for any vote, procedural vote or final vote.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  102. Bubba

    Here in Georgia we passed a law declaring the US government null and void and stripping it of the power to enforce any federal law within the boundaries of our state. We're hoping nobody notices it, because none of our legislators read it before signing. And yes, our governor DOES make Blago and Palin look like real statesmen by comparison.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  103. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Article One: There will be no morons allowed to serve in the government.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  104. bob z.from pa.

    if you are not born in this state you have to pay double taxes if not born in this country you have to pay 10 times the taxe rate.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  105. Randy

    Ammendment to every state's constitution: Corporations are NOT people and should not be given the same rights as a person, period.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  106. Adam Thousand Oaks, CA

    As a Californian, a balanced budget must be mandatory. No more kicking the can down the road for future generations to pay.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  107. Adam Thousand Oaks, CA

    I would outlaw organized labor, since they are the source of most our financial mess in California and they are unwilling to solve the problem.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  108. Kevin McKenzie

    In the spirit of the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 I would add to my state Constitution that any law the federal government passes that is deemed unconstitutional may be formally nullified by the state legislature and signed by the Governor.

    Canton, Ohio

    April 24, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  109. Ralph Nelson

    None. But I want the U.S. Constitution amended to: 1. Require IQ test for President and Vice President (115 or above). 2. Allow an alien to run for President after 15 years naturalized citizen and having lived 20 years continuous in United States. 3. Ban 60 vote rule in Senate to shut off filibusters. 4. Make health care a given right of citzenship. 5. Get rid of Electoral College. 6. Prevent Supreme Court from electing President on party lines. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  110. James, Charlotte, NC

    All U.S. Representatives and Senators will have term limits like everyone else.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  111. Mike

    That before any new laws could be added and put into effect, all funding and downstream effects of the law has to be identified and approved by a majority ballot of the affected constitutents.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  112. David, Tampa, Fl

    I am a firm believer in Chaos Theory. Given time all human endeavor becomes so chaotic and complicated we need to start all over again. The smarter we become the dumber we get, just look at the economy. A better question is Should We start over again? Every government that has existed has been unduly influenced by those seeking advantage for themselves and nothing will change if any state opts to redo their constitution. I favor the updated bunch of crooks so, please go ahead with it.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  113. Nathan Columbus, Ohio

    Why put it on the ballot. The popular vote of California passed proposition 8 and the government didn't respect it. Why vote on a constitutional convention. Its evident that the Libs have no respect for the constitution. Maybe we should just tear up our laws and let the left have a kingdom.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  114. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    That smokers and their habit IS NOT the cause of every problem we have, and that garnering state sales taxes on the backs of smokers is unconstitutional and should not be allowed to continue!!!!!!!!

    April 24, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  115. Al from SoCal

    Majority voter perspective and interpretation of issues to be the final implementation of controversial laws. And that this implementation be free of deferment. Too often we allow courts to deny and delay implementations of laws that the majority has approved. The implementation of controversial laws approved by the majority should be allowed to be in effect until overturning court decisions are aproved by majority vote. Especially if attempts of the opposition has failed before. This way the law will be in effect and courts of just a very few people do not have the power and the last say to desecrate voter majority opinion or delay until they can overturn voter majority opinion. And that voter majority be determined at 62.5%. 62.5% equates a Majority.

    April 24, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  116. Kevin in CA

    What new law to add? This is about a whole new state constitution ... and the end result would be a complete dissolution of any truly representative government.

    April 24, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  117. Dee in sunny (and dry) Florida

    Given what has gone on in this country for wuite a while I am all for making corporate theft a capital offense, in ALL states. And make the punishment beheading, in the public square!

    If we started whacking off some heads that might put a damper on those who are robbing us blind.

    April 24, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  118. John Street from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Jack , one new law that needs to be placed is to stop the spinning of words and actions. Everything has a spin nowadays, When a law agency violates an indigents rights the indigent has no recourse. The rich get stupid cases to the supreme court in a matter of weeks where the indigent cant even get heard by the local police

    April 24, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  119. Charles on OR

    Jack,

    The right of any GLBT couple to be in a civil union. As such, governmental agencies would only issue civil union licenses to heterosexual couples and GLBT couples.

    Marriage ceremonies should be left as an act performed by any religious organization whether it be between a man and a woman or a GLBT couple. This is a decision that must be left to the couple's religious organization not to the government; otherwise, there is no separation between church and state.

    April 24, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  120. Douglas Ford

    I would love to make gay marriage legal just to put a wrench in all those homophobe religious nut bags wants for our country. I am from Arizona, and the poop is crusted on the fan because of our overly conservative legislature believing having a decent education is only for third world countries, and separation from church and state is unconstitutional. And don't even get me started on McCain, he's just out of touch with the people.

    April 24, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  121. Chad from Los Angeles, CA

    Due to overpopulation being the greatest problem facing the world right now, I would add the following law:

    You can only have as many children as the number of automobiles you own. If you can't afford a car, than you sure as heck should NOT be having children, who will just become a plight on the community.

    April 24, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  122. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    The law would state that "no law shall be enacted that directly or indirectly leads to obscene profits by associates of the law makers.

    April 24, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  123. Karen - Missouri

    Our state is just fine, thanks. We don't need more laws added to the constitution. But then, Missouri certainly isn't California...they know what they need, not the rest of us.

    April 24, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  124. helen antikian

    The Republicans seem to have a loss of memory. Correct me if I'm wrong, wasn't it the Rep party that took America to war, allowed the financial system to almost collapse, put America into a downward spiral??? Talk about sour grapes, are they stuck on stupid. The country is in a mess and President Obama is trying to do the right thing, which is look out for the American people. How in the hell can another country look up to America as a roll model with all this bickering going on. They are trying to rile up the uneducated, socialism is for the people, and what is wrong with that. Stop wasting time get on with building America again.

    April 24, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  125. Annie, Atlanta

    The one that throws out the secession vote of April 1st, right here in the great state of GA.

    April 24, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  126. odessa

    let convicted felons who have non-violent crimes be able to work and vote properly.everyone in the state should vote regardless of housing,citizenship and other issues that wouldn't block them to vote.increase the minimum wage higher in our state so it would be fair to all working folks.

    April 24, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  127. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    The new laws for my state constitution are as follows: no state income tax; no county income tax; no city income tax; no residential real-estate tax; single term-limits for all elected officials; and a mandatory balanced budget.

    April 24, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  128. Charles Illinois

    Not to raise taxes in a RECESSION!

    April 24, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  129. Bruce

    New Law: No incumbent can ever run for any second office. Ever.

    April 24, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  130. Kristy, Texas

    We should add a clause to our state constitution that allows any dim witted governor and his group of followers to secede immediately and form their own country. They can call it a "second Texas" if they like. They will not receive any federal funding at all. We wouldn't them to live a "socialist" nation. However, the governor and those followers will never be allowed on U.S. soil again.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  131. Steve Clark

    Jack , we in California are in need of a competent governor. The person leading us now has done exactly what Gray Davis was going to do, except he has put us further into DEBT, by not having an understanding of how to govern. He is like any other member of his party, they want to "Privatize profits and Socialize Debt" The Clarks

    April 24, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  132. MariaElena Raymond

    I'd add gay civil rights.
    Brunswick,MD

    April 24, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  133. don (in naples, florida)

    I wouldn't add any laws. Government has proven it is not really that good when it controls stuff.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  134. Duop in Colorado

    I would add college for all eligible students act of 2009.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  135. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    Since New Jersey pays the highest taxes in the country, any law that will help lower them.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  136. Hugh ~ Tracy, California

    Since you decided to use California Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as a headliner, I would like to amend California's constitution that would only allow natural born citizens can become our governor, like our US Constitution does for president. "The Terminator" should have stuck to acting–which he wasn't very good anyway–as his performance as "Governator" gets no thumbs up!

    April 24, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  137. Allen

    I would make it illegal for Texas' legislature to continue amending our constitution instead of simply passing laws. Our constitution is incredibly large as well and the politicians only amend it so that it's more difficult to change negative policies.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  138. Jon from Tempe

    I would add an article that states that health care is an absolute right to all citizens in the state.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  139. Greg

    Maryland needs to legalize pot, marijuana, whatever you want to call it. It's no more harmful that alcohol; which is, let's be honest, the real gateway drug.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  140. Tom

    I would add the following law: "Any employer caught employing illegal aliens should have their business confiscated, and should be given automatic one year jail sentences."

    April 24, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  141. gary wingo

    No Republicans could live here.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  142. Matthew Schmitz Oxnard, CA

    The law I would add is that you can't advertize The CNN National report card so many times in one day.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  143. Mark Zuckerman

    I would outlaw all corporate lobbyists and return the state to its citizens

    April 24, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  144. Basil

    Texas: Thou shall not secede from the union.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  145. Andy Smith

    I would legalize marijuana. Its time for a change in our nations drug policies.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  146. Eric from Los Angeles, CA

    Revolving mandatory public Senate and Representative Positions at $150,000 salary.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  147. Alex

    I would add an amendment to make same-sex marriage legal. Everyone deserves equal rights. That's the American way.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  148. Carolyn Nunes

    The problem with our Nation is that "some" want to reinvent the wheel. The old rules do apply and shouldn't be tampered with, other than in cases of slavery or other issues that would cause harm to our citizens. But, if there were 1 thing I would change about my local government, it would be that they would be allowed to arrest all illegal aliens without having to cooporate with any Federal law.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  149. Kevin L. / Omaha, NE

    In NE we have a "UNI" cameral meaning one body. There's no watchdog for who's in power. I would change that to two parties like everyone else...except for the football team....man, help me!

    April 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  150. Steve from Allen, Texas

    Term limits for all elected officials in the United States.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  151. Arrgy

    What's wrong with the US constitution other than it allows for a coup on the country by corporate fascists?

    April 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  152. Mike

    If i could add something to the constution of Georgia, it would have to be, this: that students can not take tests if some part of the test hasnt been covered yet.

    you dont know how annyoing it is when theres a part of a test that your teacher didnt go over.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  153. M & M

    Maine: Marriage Equality.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  154. Colin

    Hey Jack,

    If I could add a new law to the Wisconsin State Constitution it would be the legalization of cannabis. Then Wisconsin would become rich from taxes and tourism to our wonderful state.

    Thanks for hearing my comments.

    Cheers!

    April 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  155. Pat Laudon

    in our state jury duty is six months long. I think it should be a shorter time to serve.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  156. Judge

    If i couuld change a law it would be where registerd indapendant voters can vote in the primaries in florida,,here you have to be a rep or dem,,,seems unfair

    April 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  157. Catherine - Mission Viejo, CA

    I would make divorce a lot more difficult for couples to get. The divorce rate is so high here people think "let's get married; if it doesn't work, we'll just get a divorce." Like it's a good thing.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  158. Alex

    Jack,

    I am a 45 year old police officer and father of three. I suffer daily from acute back pain and the only thing I have been able to find to ease the aching is marijuana. As a police officer, I have been encouraged, if not forced, to arrest nonviolent smokers and it's such a pathetic waste of taxpayer money and police man power. So, I would legalize marijuana. Isn't it time we grow up on this issue?

    April 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  159. Eric from Los Angeles, CA

    Revolving Mandatory Representative and Senate Seats @ $150,000.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  160. Bob DeCoste, Vancouver, B.C.

    Make graft a capital crime.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  161. Dave from Somers, CT

    Two words: Term limits!

    April 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  162. Kevin

    The right of gay marriage. It's a no brainer, we no longer live in the 19th. century, even if the Republicans think we do.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  163. Arrgy

    I would make it law that one must know basic governmental history in order to vote.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  164. Mike from Little Rock

    I would legalize marijuana. I drink, I used to smoke, and I've dabbled with pot. As a rational, tax paying person, it's hard to believe that pot's the one that's illegal.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  165. Bob, Canada

    I'd add divorce by text message.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  166. Conner

    Gay Marriage. Saying that they can't marry is just plain rasist. That's like saying Blacks can't marry, or Jews can't marry. People did that once, and they were called Nazi's.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  167. Derrick

    Hey Duop college for everyone?

    How many college-educated waiters and garbage men do you think we'd end up with?

    I guess EVERYONE will be a lawyer, doctor, businessman, et. al.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  168. Bob W. from Salem Oregon

    No revenue raised by goverment can be earmarked for a specific purpose.

    Dedicated revenues create sacred cows. It would be a lot better if all the revenue went into the single general fund, so that all issues had to be weighed together. Lawmakers could not pander to special groups or projects with single-purpose revenue sources, which is a great way to get votes.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  169. David Gerstenfeld

    Drunk driving laws similiar to Arizona's.
    David, Las Vegas

    April 24, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  170. Ginger and John Hicks

    We would amend our SC Constitution to say that no one named Mark Sanford could ever be governor again.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  171. Kalen Thomas

    I would make sure the new constitution in CA would include, and respect the 2nd Ammendment of the US constitution. I would also add a clause that protected citizens from civil action against them after defending themselves from the felons that jump through the holes of the justice system.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  172. RJ Florida

    The legalization of marijuana. You want to create jobs and fix the economy? Throw a tax on it and sell it to the public. This is the 21st century. There is scientific proof that says its not nearly as harmful as alcohol. LEGALIZE IT!!!

    April 24, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  173. Bill in Kansas

    I would like to see Kansas add a law stating one cannot end a marriage with a text message!

    April 24, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  174. Brent Cole

    Obviously the Decriminalization of Marijuana is the first thing to come to mind. I know too many people who are or have served time for such a stupid reason. Marijuana is a drug, and I'm not saying we should praise it, I just don't think it should be ruining lives on a daily basis because of laws and not its effects.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  175. Milton N

    Do the morally right & correct thing and add legal Gay Marriage to the Oklahoma constitution!

    Tulsa, Oklahoma

    April 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  176. Kim Kilbourn

    I'd add a requirement in the Illinois Constitution that no governor could be elected who ever resided in Illinois. I'd prefer that that person actually never traveled through Illinois, but that requirement could later be dropped as a bargaining chip. Sounds extreme, but it's the only way we'll ever get a clean head of state here.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  177. Brad

    I would make pollitical parties illegal in arizona. instead of republican and democrats infighting and arguing with each other we might be able to get something done instead of all the bull that goes on now
    by abolishing the pollitical party system.how about were just americans!!!!

    April 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  178. Teresa

    The California constitution should include an employment article that makes it illegal to exclude applicants who do not speak Spanish. You heard me. In California, many jobs require applicants to speak Spanish fluently. I guess that's why I'm a master's prepared professional with no job in a lousy economy where Spanish speakers have priority.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  179. nathan in ga.

    i would like it easier to impeach our govenor. perdue is leading ga. in the wrong direction. we need democratic leadership or any leadership that will work with our president and not against him.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  180. Adam

    I've shopped this idea around for a while amongst my friends and they seem to think its a good one.

    The law that I would like added to the constitution is to make representatives of the people more accountable by increasing penalties and violations of the law by some factor over the common law. I was thinking of a factor of 2 at minimum but perhaps up to 5 would be necessary to curtail crime anc corruption within the government.
    This idea is similar to the law that makes traffic violations double in areas where road workers are present.
    I don' t think this is too strict since every single corrupt decision that a representative makes has the potential to harm thousands to millions of the people they represent.
    Somehow we need to get a hold of our officials. Maybe this is a legal way that would help.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  181. Ron - Baltimore, Maryland

    Jack, I would add a law that would not allow anyone over the age of 70 to represent us in either the house or senate. There are members who are well into their 80's (no offense) and can't do simple task like email ect... We need people who keep up with the times, are willing to listen to new progressive ideas and accept change for what it truly is, PROGRESS.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  182. Karl from SF, CA

    California is falling apart. The entire budget process needs a major overhaul. Put the state budget in the hands of an outside accounting entity to come up with rational options. Tax ruse or not, we need to realize this mess isn’t working. If it’s too expensive for you, move. There are 49 other choices.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  183. Rick Andrew

    THE HETRO-TAX

    No Gays in New York State would not have to pay taxes until they get the same tax benefits since they cannot get the same tax benefits that hetro get. Finally, a reason to come out of the closet!

    April 24, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  184. Neal

    Given the struggle over gay marriage in my state of Maine, how about "the state shall make no law respecting marriage." We don't need government telling us what marriage is. It is an entirely personal issue.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  185. glenn , southeast-texas

    Jack , the first law should read : you must be a legal United States Citizen to establish residency , or work in this state . Glenn-Southeast , Texas

    April 24, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  186. Ian

    I would make College Tuition tax deductible.

    Ian

    Burlington

    Vermont

    April 24, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  187. Ken in NC

    I would simplify the constitution by adding a law that declares any proposed changes to the states constitution shall have a cooling off period of 100 years and should any person, group or groups of people challenge this law in any court, they shall be declared no longer to be residents of the state and deported from to Mexico and their property seized and sold at public auction.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  188. Kate, Kalamazoo

    I would make a law that requires restaurants and bars to pay servers a fair wage. The system of tipping is so outdated and even more so unreliable. It isn't right for the individuals who work in the service industry to have to rely on another's opinion of you as a way to get by these days. Most servers make $2.65 an hour and have to tip out whatever else they make that night. You tell me any other industry that you basically have to pay the business to work there, besides adult entertainment? It's ludicrous and completely unfair to those of us just trying to make a living and it entitles customers to act completely ridiculous. We'd all be better off if a law like this were to be enacted.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  189. Kerry Day

    Term limits. When politicians can make a career of elected service, they base decisions on what's good for their careers rather than what's good for the public. Cronyism, lobbying excesses, partisnaship, pandering, needless spending, and outright corruption ... all have their roots in political careerism.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  190. Kathy

    I would add public financing of all campaigns to my state constitution. Of course interest groups need to provide information to politicians, but access should not be based on money - contributions to campaigns or otherwise. I, as a citizen, voter, and taxpayer, should have equal access to my representative. Imagine how easy it would be to find corruption when NO money or gifts can be exchanged. We would end up with people running for office because they believed in public service, not because of personal gain. We would have a completely different government.

    Las Cruces, New Mexico

    April 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  191. Peter Borden

    Jack,
    Everyone in this economy is hurting, at least a little. It seems that our Federal and Sate Governments , and Town governments haven't a clue, and just go on spending and spending. I haven't seen one cutback in our little town, Westport, Massachusetts.
    What ever happened to proposition 2 1/2.
    If our Town needs more money, just change your assement.
    Washington is a joke. Please send them a telegram, to clue them in!
    PB.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  192. Jim Peters

    The right to bear arms
    (And I don't mean to show off my tatoos)
    with out lawmakers being able to change, modify or add fees or restrictions to this right.
    Thanks Jack for your great questions.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  193. Merlin in Salt Lake City

    3 parts- 1: KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid) 2: Ask the Middle Class for THEIR opinion. If it's REASONABLE, then just do it. & 3: If it comes from a politician person, it's null & void & remember My rights begin where yours end & visa versa.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  194. Matt

    Two words: term limits.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  195. Bruce Almty

    I would demand the budget be balanced.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  196. Linda

    I live in Oregon. I would like to see our state enact a sales tax. We are one of two or three states that do not have a sales tax. I have always believed that it would go a long way towards providing funding for Oregon. Believe me, that is a very unpopular opinion. But I believe it is because the greedy lawmakers in this state want to add it as another tax instead of dropping the state taxes or the property taxes and replacing it with a sales tax. The lawmakers in the state don't have the gonads to make such a proposal to the voters. If they would make that proposal, heaven forbid, they might not be reelected!!! Too bad if that happened. We might actually get someone in the legislature that might actually do something!!!

    April 24, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  197. Bill from Pa

    That would require a lot of thought. There's so much corruption in this state (one area of true bi-partisanship) there are probably many new laws or changes to be considered. One thing I'm sure many folks would like to see revisited, is (I think I have the number right) is article 14. The article that provides for public education. The tax system for this system is totally out of control.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  198. Ryan

    I think it is about time lawmakers stop wasting my tax money on the war on drugs. Legislation should be passed to decrease funding for combating drug users and delegate the saved money to other, much more productive causes such as education and infrastructure. Our state cut 8.1 million in education funding this year. Ending the war on drugs will create teacher jobs, not vanish them.

    -Boise, Idaho

    April 24, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  199. Sandy M.

    New Law: Service & Benefits:
    I would add a new law to our State Consitution that all representatives both State and Federal are limited to two (2) terms of services and that their benefits both salary and health insurance are voted on by their constituents, and that their salary is inclusive of all committee appointments.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  200. Basil

    All US States: Businesses which generate more than x % of the state's revenue or employ more than y % of the state’s employment pool must maintain an interest earning cash fund of z % of their revenue so they can bail themselves out.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  201. zach

    We should add a clause to our state constitution that allows any dim witted governor and his group of followers to secede immediately and form their own country. They can call it a “second Texas” if they like. They will not receive any federal funding at all. We wouldn’t them to live a “socialist” nation. However, the governor and those followers will never be allowed on U.S. soil again.

    I would add college for all eligible students act of 2009

    April 24, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  202. Marie Beysselance

    I would like to have term limits for comgressmen–8 years for the House of Respresentatives and two terms for the Senate. Then we would truly have citizen legistators.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  203. Ken in NC

    I would add a law thay requires that the never closing mouth of Dick Cheney be duct taped shut.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  204. Carolyn Nunes

    Just wanted to also add that in the State of California, "Hispanics" now make up 37% of it's population. Those numbers have risen due to illegal immigration.
    We've already been told by Government Officials that illegal aliens have been voting...do we really want them having a say in our Constitution? Not only NO, but heck NO!!!

    April 24, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  205. Bette McCormack Concrete, Washington State

    Hi Jack,

    Love to watch you at work.

    What law I would put into the Washington State constitution is ALL illegal immigrants would be deported. No questions asked.

    Thanks for this question.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  206. Bruce Almty

    No taxation without intelligent representation.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  207. Max

    That's an easy one. That all Basic medical treatment be covered by the State.Remember I said BASIC, not nose jobs and treatments of that sort. Then our medical system would be closer to being out of the third world.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  208. Steve Paul,from Providence Rhode Island

    I hope is not a law of disarming and forbiding the use of guns in all the streets of America,

    April 24, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  209. Greg Mechanicsburg, PA

    I do not believe that a new law is necessary here in Pennsylvania or in California. I do strongly support the idea of constitutional conventions being held in every state of the union, as long as the people of each state have voice in its writing. If our nation did not hold a constitutional convention in its youth, we would not be here in the United States of today. Do not be afraid to give up the mediocre for the opportunity to gain the excellent.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  210. Dustin S. Reynolds

    Jack, I would like to see Kentucky amend our constitution to decriminalize and tax the commonwealth's number one cash crop. Cannabis prohibition is not the answer. The commonwealth's government needs to control the sale of cannabis just the same as they control the sale of alcohol and tobacco.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  211. Joe Buzako

    It's time we make it unlawful for our elected officials (including Senators and Congressmen) to accept lobbyist money in any shape or form to sway their votes. In my opinion Selling votes are as much of a criminal act as selling the Senate seat in which Rod Blagojevich has been impeached. When our elected officials cast votes to line their own pockets the end of democracy is eminent.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  212. Al from Shenandoah

    We need to establish term limits for all state and federal represenatives and senators. Given the importance of family and personal ties to gaining political office and the tremendous advantage incumbents derive, it is essential that we level the playing field for our elections. As things stand, we are degenerating into a political aristocracy. We also need laws which will assign the same healthcare benefits to our politicians as are given to federal or state employees and these benefits should be limited to the time the politician is in office.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  213. Jim

    I'd let states run their own non-for-profit banks, to compete with free market banks. In times of economic downturn, like now, they could increase lending, and could even operate at a loss, with fudning from taspayers during tough economic times. In good economic times, they could use profits to help pay down debt or fund other stat projects. They can't do any worse than our loosley regulated free market banks.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  214. JJ

    i would ban any hate groups. why should they have the rights to do anything when they want to stop others from having theirs. No Freedom of Speech against Freedom of Rights. People should have any belief as long as it doesn't preach against anyone else's.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  215. Tim

    That all people within the state share the tax burden of all projects and special intrest projects. We need to stop unfair taxes the target smokers, drinkers, motel and meal taxes when our out of town guest and family visit , etc. These taxes target indidual groups that can not organize to have a voice. Maybe that's the idea?

    Non Smoker / Non Drinker in Vermont

    April 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  216. Jim

    I’d let states run their own non-for-profit banks, to compete with free market banks. In times of economic downturn, like now, they could increase lending, and could even operate at a loss, with fudning from taxpayers during tough economic times. In good economic times, they could use profits to help pay down debt or fund other state projects. They can’t do any worse than our loosley regulated free market banks.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  217. Charles from San Diego

    Add a law that states, "marriage is only between one man and one woman."

    April 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  218. Perry in Colorado

    I would take the state out of the marriage business. Grant state-sanctioned civil unions with all the same rights, benefits, and privileges to every couple, gay and straight alike, and leave the issue of who can get married and who can't up to the churches.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  219. Philip Marshall,sr Mt. Vernon, Washington

    Constitutions should include:

    1. Specified term limitations

    2. Lobbying limitations
    3. State goals –etc, etc –etc.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  220. Alex

    I think the constitutional convention is a good idea in general. Just as the world changes, technology,science and information advance, the laws and constitution need an update. And people need to be more educated and knowledgeable about their state constitution, in order for people to make educated changes to it. True democracy is when people (the majority) are able to make decisions and changes to the laws that impact their lives as they find necessary to improve their living conditions. For example, if majority of people want to ban guns in their state, why couldn't they change the constitution in order to do that?

    April 24, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  221. sue in detroit, michigan

    I would add a new law, which parent groups are trying to get passed in New Hampshire, which allows mandatory equal custody for both parents in a divorce, and would require that no parent could lose custody of their children, which is a constitutional right, unless that parent was declared mentally unfit (which would be done by the highest standard of proof, and should also require no less than 3 independant psychiatrists to examine that parent). We also need a bill of rights for children, to protect the rights of children who are rendered voiceless and powerless in most divorces. There needs to be a complete revision of family law practices in most states, where money talks in the court system and money has been allowed to overcome the civil rights of both children and parents.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  222. Lois

    1. Sunset law...every new law expires after 5 years so we aren't stuck with idiocy forever.

    2. Term limits!!!! Furthermore, they can't just run for some other office. I live in California. When their terms are nearing their end, they start looking for some other way to suck off taxpayer and do nothing.

    3. No state funded benefits for illegals! Here in California, they made it a law you can't even ask about legal status!!

    4. Legal status of arrestees will be reported along with their crime. See number three.

    5. No funding going to religious organizations...separation of church and state!

    You don't have enough space for me to go on!

    Lois
    California

    April 24, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  223. Bill Tucson AZ

    My contribution to the Arizona constitution: If you are an illegal alien (or to remove any contridictions from La Raza or any other immigrant rights group, an undocumented immigrant) within the state, you will be classified as a subversive. Subversive to our economy, to our public assistance programs, our social security system, our medical care costs, and the cost of our public school. Let justice be done.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  224. Sean in California

    I like our law against shooting at grey whales from a moving vehicle. I don't want to see that changed.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  225. Adam

    We could also use a law that limits union size. Why does a CA union of teachers need to band together with the AFL CIO to become 13 million members?
    They really abuse their power and have become a communist type government within the USA.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  226. Adam Field of Jeannette, PA

    The legalization of marijuana. There is no longer a single intelligent reason for it to remain illegal. It is far less dangerous than alcohol and it is our basic civil rights (outlined in our very Declaration of Independence) that permit us as Americans to pursue life, liberty, and happiness in any way that we see fit so long as it does not infringe upon the rights of others. The governement must remain objective and cannot impose morals or behavior.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  227. lynne from NC

    In a perfect world, I would require all people who got their job by knowing someone or being a relative or a friend of a friend of the HR person in charge of hiring comprehension tests on a six month basis. Why? Because they're usually the stupid people with jobs who don't have common sense to understand that when you're unemployed you can't pay them. So stop asking for payment after that is told to you.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  228. Angel

    I am not from the Unites states – I live in Johannesburg. We just went to the polls on Wednesday and I am looking forward to change here. We need a government that is more in touch with what is going on in the nation and proffer workable solutions. I wish the successors of Past-President Nelson Mandela had looked hard and close at what has made him the icon he is today. Had they, South Africa wouldn't be where it is today.
    I'm writing from Johannesburg, South Africa

    April 24, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  229. Altay Otun

    Dear Jack,

    Why is it that Republicans in our Federal Government see gays as "enemies" of marriage? And why is it that Democrats see us as perfectly fine individuals but not fit enough to grant us our rights to marry who ever we choose? I guess its up to our State Legislatures to pass laws legalizing same sex marriage. Because if we leave it up to the President and the Congress I wont see my rights to marry recognized in my lifetime... and I am 16 years old.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  230. Casey

    Jack, I would make a very stiff law that no non-native snakes can be brought into Florida. We are getting over-run with pythons, boa constrictors and anacondas.
    These reptiles can have a very negative effect on eco-tourism – who wants to go camping and encounter a 20 foot, 200 pound snake that can kill people and their pets?
    Casey
    Leesburg, Florida

    April 24, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  231. Ron (Dunedin, Fl.)

    Jack,
    For Florida I would like to see a law that allows senior employees that file age discrimination cases against their employers in this state to receive an un-biased verdict. Enough of this "right to work" state garbage.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  232. Skip

    Hi Jack,
    I would have to be very sure how the laws are stated and applied,
    before making any changes.
    There does seem to be a popular State constitutional Law change
    now towards same-sex marriages. Several States have done this
    already.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  233. Adam

    Another law that should be added is to prohibit representatives from meeting with lobbyists, special interests, or having any other public discussion outside of publicized and usual business locations. We don’t need our representatives going to ball games and on ski trips with special interests.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  234. Allen in Hartwell GA

    April 24th, 2009 4:40 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Article One: There will be no morons allowed to serve in the government.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  235. Adam

    Unless involved with military or other state security secrets, ALL communication during the peoples business should be audio recorded. This includes meetings and phone calls. Nothing should be hidden from the people.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  236. Diana McKnight

    Jack: As a long-time resident of California, I truly believe the only way to help this state is to get rid of all incumbent state representatives, who now seem to concentrate on only one thing: how to get around any and all laws which are supposed to limit their ability to spend money.

    Diana
    Roseville, CA

    April 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  237. Suzanne, Columbus OH

    Jack, I would require all politicians to be hooked up to a lie detector when talking in public

    April 24, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  238. Carl

    Hey Jack,

    People have the right to bring their constitution up to date in line with today's realities notwithstanding the number of times.

    Carl,
    Glasgow,
    UK

    April 24, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  239. Rick Medina,OH

    Jack,

    In Ohio, you do not 'declare' your party affiliation. I would change that.

    Rick,Medina,OH

    April 24, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  240. Rudy Vargas

    I think governor should make it illegal to smoke tobacco throughout all California in public places and in the privacy of your own home to truly keep California clean and safe from lung cancer and 2nd hand smoke.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  241. Gracie

    I wish employers would give individuals with disabilities better opportunities to have jobs instead of depending on our government for monthly income and medicaid.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  242. Jasmine in Germany

    None. The Constitution has no need for change, the governship of California does. How about growing up and getting with the program? That includes the futuristic one, you idiots. – from, an old lady.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  243. Janet

    Where do I begin. Living in CA it would be the following:
    1. English the official language. Remove ALL BILINGUAL SIGNS ETC.
    2. ENFORCE immigration laws.
    3. Children of illegal aliens will be classified as illegal and therefore eleminated from receiving welfare and any type of state assistance.
    4. Prosecute ALL PUBLIC OFFICIALS who do not uphold state and federal laws.
    5. NO INCREASE IN TAXES FOR AT LEAST 15 YEARS since the last raise.
    6. USE THE NATIONAL GUARD OR MILITARY TO FIGHT DRUGS AND ELEMINATE ALL GANGS FROM CA.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:58 pm |
  244. Janet

    Eleminate anti-American hate groups sponsored by the Catholic Church and LaRaza.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  245. Bob from Daly City Ca.

    We’ll I’d start by: 1. Penalizing Employers who employ illegal aliens. 2. Taking away healthcare and welfare benefits to illegal aliens. 3. Prosecute illegal aliens who fraudulently use Social Security numbers for employment. 4. Prosecute anyone illegally crossing the border. Well you get the point. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t have to create any new laws. I would just enforce the ones already law. What a novel idea “enforcing U.S. laws” I would take a Joe Arpaio sand on stupidity.

    April 24, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  246. Michael Adams

    I would like to see the temp. job scam's done away with in Ohio.

    April 24, 2009 at 7:00 pm |