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 otherÂ 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 â 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.
OnÂ this edition ofÂ Houston Matters, we want to know whatâs 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?
Also: Singer Steve Tyrell is back in his hometown of Houston to perform tonight at Jones Hall with Diane Schuur and the Houston Symphony. Our own Edel Howlin talks with Tyrell about his career and return home.