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Vermont Reduction of Time-Lock from Ten to Four Years (1974)

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A Vermont Reduction of Time-Lock from Ten to Four Years Amendment was on the March 4, 1974 ballot in Vermont as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved, becoming Article 45 of the Vermont Constitution.

Amendment 45 changed the so-called "time-lock" for amending the Vermont Constitution from ten years to four years, amending Section 73 of Chapter II.

Section 73, adopted by this amendment:

SECTION 68. At any biennial session of the General Assembly of this State the Senate, by a vote of two-thirds of its members, may propose amendments to this Constitution, with the concurrence of a majority of the members of the House of Representatives, with the amendment as proposed by the Senate. A proposed amendment so adopted by the Senate and concurred in by the House of Representatives shall be referred to the next biennial session of the General Assembly; and if at that session a majority of the members of the Senate and a majority of the House of Representatives concur in the proposed amendment, it shall be the duty of the General Assembly to submit the proposal to a direct vote of the freemen of the state. Any proposed amendment submitted to a vote of the freemen of the state in accordance with this section which is approved by a majority of the freemen voting thereon shall become part of the Constitution of this State.
Prior to the submission of a proposed amendment to a vote of the freemen in accordance with this section, public notice of the proposed amendment shall be given by proclamation of the Governor.
The General Assembly shall provide for the manner of voting by the freemen on amendments proposed under this section, and shall enact legislation to carry the provisions of this section into effect.

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