McFadden v. Jordan

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McFadden v. Jordan is a 1948 decision of the California Supreme Court. At issue was a proposed amendment to the California Constitution. The amendment was designed to add a new article to the constitution that was composed of two hundred and eight subsections, totalling more than twenty-one thousand words. The court rejected the proposed amendment because it was so "far-reaching and multifarious" as to amount to a revision, rather than an amendment.

According to the 1948 court, the proposed amendment, which dealt with retirement pensions, gambling, taxes, oleomargarine, healing arts, civic centers, senate reapportionment, fish and game, and surface mining, would have repealed or substantially altered at least 15 of the 25 articles which then comprised the Constitution.[1]