Constitutional Amendments

The Connecticut Constitution, 1965-2008: Legislative History of Amendments

The current constitution was adopted in 1965 and has been amended 31 times. Constitutional amendment is a two-step process: the legislature must first pass a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment by a ¾ majority in each chamber and then submit that resolution to the popular vote for ratification in the next election. 

The table below includes links to each legislative history in the Title column. The print materials are available in the Law & Legislative Reference Unit. Please see our research guide about Connecticut Constitutional History for additional information.

Amendment Article Year & Resolution Title (links legislative history) Date Adopted Popular Vote Totals Constitution Article Section
wdt_ID Amendment Article Year & Resolution Title (links legislative history) Date Adopted Popular Vote Totals Constitution Article Section
1 I 1969 HJR 95 November 25, 1970 499,505 to 91,260 IV, Sect. 1
2 II, sec. 1 1969 HJR 26 November 25, 1970 471,516 to 130,178 III, Sect. 3
3 II, sec. 2 1969 HJR 26 November 25, 1970 471,516 to 130,178 III, Sect. 4
4 II, sec. 3 1969 HJR 26 November 25, 1970 471,516 to 130,178 VI, Sect. 10
5 III 1969 HJR 160 November 25, 1970 455,483 to 140,320 III, Sect. 2
6 IV 1971 HJR 83 December 22, 1972 381,895 to 156,092 I, Sect. 19
7 V 1972 HJR 4 November 27, 1974 460,711 to 135,427 I, Sect. 20
8 VI 1972 HJR 9 November 27, 1974 398,029 to 116,495 XII
9 VII 1973 HJR 37 November 27, 1974 357,179 to 152,665 VI, Sect. 3
10 VIII, sec. 1 1973 SJR 22 November 27, 1974 301,707 to 236,692 V, Sect. 5