govt 2301 Ch20 review

govt 2301 Ch20 review - & The Role of a State Constitution...

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&&&& The Role of a State Constitution The Texas Constitution is the second longest constitution in the nation (second only to Alabama) and is one of the most complex documents, because it contains so much policy. Attempts at constitutional reform have been met with general opposition from the public, which might be explained by the political culture of the state. I. What are the functions of a state constitution? State constitutions serve to legitimate state political institutions by defining and delegating power and authority. State constitutions also prevent the concentration of power and generally provide for a system of checks and balances. State constitutions prohibit governments from abridging the basic freedoms of its citizens. II. What are the similarities and differences between the U.S. and Texas constitutions? The two constitutions are similar in that they provide for a separation of powers, checks and balances, and a bill of rights. The concept of federalism is also embodied in both documents. The supremacy clause and the necessary and proper clause found in the U.S. Constitution distinguish the federal constitution from its state counterpart. The Constitutions of Texas I. What is the historical foundation for the current Texas Constitution? Texans have been governed under seven constitutions. The first constitution for Texas was the Mexican Constitution of Coahuila y Tejas (1827). The second was the Constitution of the Republic of Texas (1836), which was
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2010 for the course GOV 4w004 taught by Professor Lolly during the Fall '10 term at Lone Star College System.

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