A MODERN STATE CONSTITUTION
MANY OF THE proposals that I submitted to Georgia in the campaign platform of 1942 required constitutional amendments to be carried into effect. They made an imposing list of reforms for the Legislature to consider: constitutional boards for the common schools and the colleges, restrictions upon the Governor's authority to dismiss employees of departments, independent agencies to deal with clemency and with fish and game resources, the "teen-age amendment" reducing the voting age to eighteen, and reorganization of the budget system.
The Assembly acted promptly, and unanimously, on these measures. With the exception of the "teen-age amendment," every one of the Administration measures passed unanimously. In late summer of 1943, the voters ratified the amendments.
In submitting to the people the twenty-eight measures adopted in 1943, the Legislature brought to 301 the number of amendments to Georgia's Constitution that had been submitted since the document was adopted in 1877. At least that was the number