It is one of the peculiarities of Maryland that its state constitution requires the General Assembly to place a binding referendum on the general election ballot every 20 years, asking voters whether they want to convene a constitutional convention. Since the last time the matter was considered was in 1990, that is one of the questions voters will be asked to decide again in November.
No doubt this will come as a surprise to most people, who probably are more familiar with the U.S. Constitution than with their state's founding charter. At some 47,000 words, the Maryland Constitution and its 200 amendments make for a famously long-winded document nearly eight times the length of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights combined.
To make matters worse, it's full of pronouncements on obscure or trivial topics, such as Baltimore's power to govern off-street parking or the state's authority to license slot machines, that in most states would have no business being in a constitution at all.