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An Overview of the 27th Amendment

An Overview of the 27th Amendment

What is the 27th Amendment?




“No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.”



The 27th Amendment Defined



Date Proposed



The 27th Amendment was first proposed on September 25th, 1789



Date Passed



The 27th Amendment was passed May 7th, 1992



President of the United States



Bill Clinton was the President of the United States during the ratification of the 27th Amendment



Stipulations of the 27th Amendment



The 27th Amendment is the most recent constitutional amendment passed; as of 2011, there have been 27 Constitutional Amendments passed with regard to the Constitution of the United States of America



The 27th Amendment addresses the salary rate of members of Congress, which is comprised of a bicameral legislature – the Senate and the House of Representatives



The 27th Amendment stipulates that members of the Congress are not permitted to adjust their respective wage earnings in the middle of a term; in the event of a proposed wage adjustment, members of Congress must address any or all concerns with regard to wage adjustment prior to the starting of a new Congressional term



27th Amendment Facts



The 27th Amendment has never been cited within a Supreme Court Hearing



The 27th Amendment addresses the adjustment of costs of living with regard to inflation



The 27th Amendment is considered to be the Constitutional Amendment with the longest duration of time between the initial proposal and subsequent ratification; the 22nd Amendment is considered to maintain the second-longest duration of 4 years between proposal and passing



States Ratifying the 27th Amendment



1. Alabama



2. Alaska



3. Arizona



4. Arkansas



5. California



6. Colorado



7. Connecticut



8. Delaware



9. Florida



10. Georgia



11. Hawaii



12. Idaho



13. Illinois



14. Indiana



15. Iowa



16. Kansas



17. Kentucky



18. Louisiana



19. Maine



20. Maryland



21. Michigan



22. Minnesota



23. Missouri



24. Montana



25. Nevada



26. New Hampshire



27. New Jersey



28. New Mexico



29. North Carolina



30. North Dakota



31. Ohio



32. Oklahoma



33. Oregon



34. Rhode Island



35. South Carolina



36. South Dakota



37. Tennessee



38. Texas



39. Utah



40. Vermont



41. Virginia



42. Washington



43. West Virginia



44. Wisconsin



45. Wyoming



States Not Participatory in the Ratification of the 27th Amendment



1. Massachusetts



2. Mississippi



3. Nebraska



4. New York



5. Pennsylvania



Court Cases Associated with the 27th Amendment



Coleman v. Miller (1939) – this court case addressed controversy surrounding the Amendment process with regard to the regulation of time elapsed between the initial passing of an amendment and its eventual ratification