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Free Legal Resources : California Constitution

Understanding the California Constitution

The original California constitution was adopted in 1849 and included provisions allowing Californians to vote to hold a new constitutional convention and adopt a new constitution.

In 1878, Californians did just that. A second constitutional convention began in 1878 and ultimately adopted California's second constitution in 1879.

The 1879 constitution remains in place today, although it has been periodically amended.

California Constitution