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LEB 323 Exam 2 Study Guide Ch. 5 Constitutional Law Organization of the Federal Government Constitution lays out a few things Relatively short!! State constitutions are much more detailed 1. It prescribes the basic organization of the federal government into legislative, executive, judicial branches 2. It delineates the authority of the federal Government, In contrasts with the states, by granting specific powers to the 3 branches of the federal government 3. It protects certain basic rights of individuals and businesses by placing limitations on federal and state governmental power. 3 Branches - Legislative: Essential function of CONGRESS is to make laws, as well as to collect revenue and appropriate funds for carrying out those laws - Executive: The main function of the PRESIDENT is to enforce these laws, however, also plays primary role in conducting foreign relations and directing our military forces. - Judicial: basic task is to decide how particular laws should be applied to actual disputed cases. Separation of Powers Congress makes the laws, but “the Constitution means what the Supreme Court says it means” (Don’t ever forget about judicial review- checks and balances) Marbury v Madison- US Supreme Court assumed the power of judicial review One branch is not supposed to encroach on another branch Delegation of Powers Congress may expressly delegate legislative powers to the other two branches (Ex. SEC given power to specify in detail the violations of the Securities Exchange Act) When delegating power you need to- indicate the basic policy objectives and provide some degree of guidance as to how power is exercised Authority of Federal and State Governments In our dual system of government we have 51 primary governments. 50 state governments and 1 federal government - Under our system of federalism, the Federal Government has those powers that are specifically given to it in the Constitution -- the so-called delegated powers (or enumerated powers) - Federal government is not tasked with a lot through the Constitution
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