I was doing some research for a longer post, and ran across a Constitutional amendment that I did not know even existed. I had thought the 26th Amendment lowering the voting age to 18 was the most recent, but there is one more. It was ratified in 1992. Anyone know what it is?
Answer below the fold
Here is the 27th amendment:
No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and
Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall
It resulted from another piece of history I never knew -- that there were actually 12 proposed amendments in the original Bill of Rights, not 10. The states, at least until 1992, had only approved 10 of the 12. In the early days of writing such amendments, no time limit for getting a sufficient number of state approvals for passage was set. Thus, an amendment proposed in 1789 was finally passed in 1992. The whole story is here. More recent amendments all include time limits for passage (which is why the ERA expired, unpassed.