Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It's official.

We are Connecticutians. At least that's what our car and driver's license now tell us. It was kinda a sad to let go of my GA license. But we are growing where we've been planted, and so far it's been an amazing adventure.

From GA to...

If you will notice that license plates say CT is the Constitution State. We were very confused by this when we first moved here. We did a little research and this is what we found....

Connecticut is known as the "Constitution State". While the origin on this title is uncertain, the nickname is assumed to refer to the Fundamental Orders of 1638–39. These Fundamental Orders represent the framework for the first formal government written by a representative body in Connecticut. The government has operated under the direction of four separate documents in the course of Connecticut Constitutional History. After the Fundamental Orders, Connecticut was granted governmental authority by King Charles II of England through the Connecticut Charter of 1662. While these two documents acted to lay the groundwork for the state’s government, either document could be altered simply by a majority vote of the General Assembly.[citation needed]

Separate branches of government did not exist during this period, and the General Assembly acted as the supreme authority. A constitution similar to the modern U.S. Constitution was not adopted in Connecticut until 1818. Finally, the current state constitution was implemented in 1965. The 1965 constitution absorbed a majority of its 1818 predecessor, but incorporated a handful of important modifications. Another possible source of the nickname "constitution state" comes from Connecticut's pivotal role in the federal constitutional convention of 1787, during which Roger Sherman and Oliver Ellsworth helped to orchestrate what became known as the Connecticut Compromise, or the Great Compromise. This plan combined the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan to form a bicameral legislature, a form copied by almost every state constitution since the adoption of the federal constitution

I recognize that my second post yesterday was very discouraging. I wouldn't normally share such a low moment but I want to keep track of the good and the bad parts of our journey.


Ruth said...

Hey,never never never concede to the North! HAha, you will always be a Georgian no matter what that ole license says!