Column: Constitutions needed to fend off government’s attempts at tyranny



Do we put too much stock in constitutions? What if securing liberty is harder work than putting words on paper?

Our foundation tried to answer that question 20 years ago this summer. It filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Legislature, which had hidden a pay raise in a package of bills.

The Indiana Constitution, of course, specifically and exactly prohibits such trickery. Article IV, Section 19: “An act, except an act for the codification, revision or rearrangement of laws, shall be confined to one subject and matters properly connected therewith.”

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