The Alternative Amendment Process: Some Observations

The alternative method of formal amendment of the Constitution raises unresolved questions of interpretation. As a contribution to the formulation of procedures for the implementation of this method Senator Ervin has introduced a bill dealing with the matter in considerable detail. In dealing with the subject I propose to discuss not only the convention procedure provided in article V, and in this connection point up some considerations respecting Senator Ervin’s bill, but also some basic questions relating to the formal amendment process and the role assumed by the Supreme Court in the process of constitutional change.