On Tuesday, Texas voters will go to the polls to say yea or nay to ten proposed constitutional amendments. Truthfully, our state constitution stinks. Written in 1876, it’s now almost 90,000 words long and has been amended almost 500 times. According to the Handbook of Texas, some of the constitution’s passages “are so poorly drafted as to need clarification for understanding, and others have been declared by the Texas Supreme Court to be beyond interpreting,” which is one thing you don’t want to be true about a constitution. At this point it’s essentially a poorly maintained Wikipedia page.
Each raft of new amendments usually contains a few good ideas, a handful of trivial fixes, and at least one controversy. This year, most of the debate