Status of the Child Labor Amendment

January 29, 1925

Report Outline
Unsuccessful Amendments in the Past
Changes in Position on Amendments
Time in Which to Ratify Amendments
Proposed Wadsworth-Garrett Amendment

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?

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Child Labor
Aug. 16, 1996  Child Labor and Sweatshops
May 26, 1937  Control of Child Labor
Mar. 03, 1934  The Child Labor Amendment, 1924–1934
Jan. 29, 1925  Status of the Child Labor Amendment
Nov. 21, 1924  The Child Labor Amendment
Child Abuse
Labor Standards and Practices
State, Local, and Intergovernmental Relations