A group of legislators are pushing to have Rhode Island change its official name, "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations," due to connotations with slavery. Some of their opponents think that the name should stand and that a switch might be unconstitutional. Professor Jason Mazzone clarified the issues with PolitiFact.com. Article 4, Section 3 of the Constitution prohibits "the formation of a new state within the jurisdiction of an existing state," he said. However, "changing the name of an existing state does not create a new state within the meaning of that provision."
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