ARIZONA STATEHOOD AND CONSTITUTION
The Constitution of the State of Arizona is the governing document and framework for the U.S. state of Arizona. The current constitution is the first and the only adopted by the state of Arizona.
The Arizona Territory was authorized to hold a constitutional convention in 1910 at which the constitution was drafted and submitted to Congress. The original constitution was approved by Congress, however subsequently vetoed by President William H. Taft on his objections concerning the recalling of judges.
The constitution was amended by the constitutional convention removing the recalling of judges and resubmitted upon which President Taft approved Arizona’s statehood as the 48th state on February 14, 1912.
Fairly quickly after Arizona became a state, the state legislature approved a constitutional amendment which restored the ability to recall judges, which was approved in the 1912 general election.
The Arizona Constitution is divided into a preamble and 30 articles, numbered 1-6, 6.1, 7-22, and 25-30, with articles 23 and 24 having been repealed. Currently, the state of Arizona considers Article 11 of the constitution unconstitutional and has therefore ruled it out.
In 1863 Arizona was organized as a separate territory, with its first, temporary capital at Fort Whipple. Prescott became the capital in 1865.
The country’s diversity in terms of the many cultures and communities that are found there as well as many economic activities such as mining have facilitated and strengthened statehood not forgetting the able leaders in the region that ensure that all but prosperity is encouraged.