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Prior to the addition of the Twentieth Amendment, the inaugurations occurred on March 4, the day of the year on which the Constitution of the United States first took effect in 1789.
And the ratification of the Twentieth Amendment confirms that there was no general change in attitude about the role of state legislatures even though the CLA had been pending for nine years at that point.
The first relates to conditions produced by the Twentieth Amendment itself.
Designed to allow the federal courts to rule on the constitutionality of state laws in advance of a criminal prosecution, it will become the twentieth amendment to the Constitution if it is ratified.
Ackerman concedes that legislative acts by a lame duck Congress are constitutionally valid; the framers of the Twentieth Amendment may have expected that by shortening the period between elections and the start of a new Congress they had eliminated lame duck sessions of Congress, but the text of the Twentieth Amendment plainly does not accomplish this result.
If Madison's approach to amending the constitution had prevailed, the provisions of the Twentieth Amendment would have been placed in Article I, section 4, replacing the second paragraph of that article which required Congress to assemble (typically some thirteen months after they were elected(110) on the first Monday in December.
Under the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution, "[t]he terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January.