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exam2studyguide - Constitutional Government in the States...

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Constitutional Government in the States Constitutions Govern Governments - They set the structure and organization of government - They distribute powers among the branches of government - They prescribe the rules by which decisions are made - They limit the powers of government and protect the rights of citizens - All 50 states have constitutions Background of Constitutions - Limited Government o Power of government over the individual is limited o There are aspects of life governments cannot interfere with - Legal Status o State constitutions are the supreme law of the state o Only subordinate to the U.S. Constitution - Origins of Written Constitutions o The Magna Carta in 1215 and colonial charters in the new world - Colonial History o Royal action institutionalized charters and constitutions by recognizing proprietary rights for Companies Established governments Citizens An Overview of State Constitutions - Bill of Rights - Separation of Powers - Weak Governors - Legislative Powers - Local Governments
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