Status of the Child Labor Amendment

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Rejection, of the proposed child, labor amendment by one or both houses of the legislature in twelve states, following its defeat in the advisory referendum in Massachusetts, November 4, 1924, closes the door to full ratification of the amendment as a part of the Constitution, for the present at least, and raises a number of interesting questions as to its status.

Can a proposed constitutional amendment, having been rejected by one state legislature, be ratified by a succeeding legislature?

Does a constitutional amendment, notwithstanding its rejection by more than one-fourth of the states, remain open to future acceptance for an indefinite period?

Can the Congress withdraw a pending amendment, or, without such action, submit a new amendment in slightly different terms to the states for ratification?

These questions, ...

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