Wisconsin opened its first constitutional convention in October 1846; this version, however, was rejected by Wisconsin voters in April 1847. The second constitutional convention opened in December 1847 and concluded its work in February 1848. The new constitution was approved by Wisconsin voters in March 1848, and went into effect on May 29, 1848 when Wisconsin was formally admitted to the Union.
The Wisconsin Constitution consists of a brief Preamble and is divided into fourteen subjects, called articles; each article is further divided into sections. The Articles include:
The Wisconsin Constitution is available on the Wisconsin State Legislature website and is published in each edition of the official Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations, in the first volume of the West's Wisconsin Statutes Annotated and in the Wisconsin Blue Book.
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