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What Should Be the 28th Amendment?

There are 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The first ten, of course, are the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. The other seventeen amendments include one dedicated to abolishing slavery, others ensure voting rights, one establishes prohibition, another repeals it. From time to time, citizens call for a new Constitutional […]

There are 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The first ten, of course, are the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. The other seventeen amendments include one dedicated to abolishing slavery, others ensure voting rights, one establishes prohibition, another repeals it.

From time to time, citizens call for a new Constitutional Amendment – one that might, for instance, outlaw desecrating the flag, or might declare equal rights on the basis of gender, establish term limits for lawmakers, require a balanced budget or incorporate prayer in public schools.

We want to know what’s so important to your life in Houston that you would add it to the Constitution. If you could personally ratify a 28th Amendment, what would it say? We first had this discussion in March of 2014. And we revisit it here in a new installment.

Our guests are: Charles “Rocky” Rhodes, professor of law at South Texas College of Law; and Dr. Jon Taylor, chair and professor of political science at the University of St. Thomas.

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