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This Day in Georgia History

March 28, 1988

Georgia Ratified 27th Amendment

Gov. Joe Frank Harris signed a joint resolution of the General Assembly ratifying the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides: “No law varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.” However, the U.S. State Department, which is formally responsible for monitoring the ratification of amendments by states, considers Feb. 2, 1988 as the date of the Georgia’s ratification. Its rationale is that under the U.S. Constitution, there is no requirement for a governor to approve a state’s ratification. Thus, the State Department considers the date that the second house of a bicameral state legislature approves the ratification is the date of that state’s ratification.