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Government 2306: State consitutions

by: Benjamin Galicia

Government 2306: State consitutions GOVT 2306

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State and Local Government
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Date Created: 02/10/16
Government 2306: The Texas Constitution Basis of Government  Why do we need it? o Protect the peace, individual liberty and rights o Provide public goods, and goods markets do not provide Social Contracts  Solve things bigger than individual  Arrangement between members of society  Allows order and rules for society and gov’t  Constitution is a form of a social contract o i.e. U.S. constitution o Articles of confederation is the original that failed American Experiment  Breaks from England…what problems for the new democracy? o No workable currency, system of taxation o War, underfed army o Sectional divides Articles of Confederation  Used by national gov’t from rev war until 1789 o Decentralized gov’t o Unanimity in Congress for legislation and decision making o No nat. executive or judiciary, state gets one vote in congress  Articles failed o Gov’t cant coordinate due to state independence o States could deny help o No set currency New Constitution  After articles failed, gov’t met to create new constitution o Two plans proposed  Virginia Plan for large states  Two chambers on population  Lower voted by people, higher voted by lower  Chambers cannot veto state laws, council of revision can veto chambers  New Jersey Plan for the smaller states  Single Chamber: equal rep. between states  Same as Articles with taxing power and regulation of commerce  Can veto state  Plural executive; court appointed  Goals for the constitution o Control groups for peace keeping o Allow states some power o Representation system:  Common market, collective action o Certain agents cover out different functions of government  Great Compromise o Two Chambers  House of Rep: based on pop.  Senate: equal rep. for all states o Levy tax in lower chamber o Broad list of powers, needs majority rule for decisions Innovations of the Constitution  Checks and Balances: Each branch can check the other  National Supremacy: Fed. Law is law of the land  Federalism: power divided and shared Nature of State Constitutions  Law of state but lesser than federal  Can be changed easier than fed. Const. Functions  Legitimate political institutions  Disperse power through branches and checks and balances Similarities to the US and State  Power to the people  Three branches with checks and balances Todays constitution  Outdated and over amended  Micromanaged and easy to amend Benefits and Drawbacks  Benefits o No interpretation o Little debate and limits power  Drawbacks o Does not adapt well o Hamper policymaking and confusing Amendments  90% proposed only 60% passed  199 out of 238 since 1975  Need majority to pass but low turnout


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