Constitution of Brazoria
|Constitution of Brazoria|
Page one of the handwritten original
|Created||April 20th, 1848|
|Ratified||June 19th, 1848|
Brazorian Federal Archives|
|Author(s)||Austin Constitutional Convention|
|Signatories||34 delegates of the Republic of Texas|
|Purpose||To replace the Brazos Compact|
The Constitution of Brazoria (also called the Constitution of 1848) is the supreme law of the Republic of Brazoria. Modeled after the Constitution of the United States, it consists of eight articles delineating the structure of the Brazorian federal government, the powers of the individual provinces, and the relationship between the federal and provincial governments. The First Article serves as a bill of rights for Brazorian citizens. The next three articles describe the three branches of the Brazorian federal government, their duties, and their specific areas of governance. The Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh articles describe the system of Brazorian federalism with respect to the rights and responsibilities of provincial governments, their relationship to the federal government, and the combined process of amending the Constitution. Written during the Constitutional Convention of 1848, the document was fully ratified by the delegates of the former Republic of Texas on 19 June 1848.
Since the Constitution's ratification, it has been amended six times. The first four amendments expanded the civil rights of Brazorians to outlaw slavery, guarantee citizenship status to minorities, allow for universal suffrage, and prevent undue discrimination in the electoral process and by government in general. The Fifth Amendment altered the definition of provinces and expanded the rights entrusted to them while simultaneously creating and admitting an additional 12 provinces. The Sixth Amendment, the most recent, was ratified in early 2002 and expanded the scope of the federal governments powers in relation to national security.