Arizona Statehood: the Three Branches of Government

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Sharon Hatcher
October 9, 2012
POS301-Arizona and Federal Government
Professor Halperin
Part I: Arizona Statehood
Upon the ending of the Mexican American War (1846-1848), Arizona began the journey to statehood. Arizona began applying for statehood in 1872. Arizona drafted a constitution in 1891. The Congress continually ignored the request for statehood by Arizona because of because of the lack of residents, unpromising economic prospects, they are conservative democrats and demographics. Once congress passed the Enabling Act, Arizona was forced to create a constitution and it was to be approved by Congress and the acting President, also, this act presented restrictions on the state’s management of public land; stating that the majority of the land is designated as school trust land. In 1912, Arizona was finally given statehood, it was the 48th state. Leading up to Arizona’s statehood there have been many events that have lead to the formation of this state. The following are key events in history have lead to the statehood of Arizona: the Pre-territorial period, the Spanish period, the Mexican period, U.S. Controlled period and the Territorial period.

Three Branches of Government
Three Branches of Government

Executive Branch
* Governor
* Power to appoint
* Removal powers (but limited)
* Fiscal powers
* Military powers
* Lawmaking powers
Legislation powers
* the power to propose new legislation
* the power to call the legislation into special session
* the veto power
Judicial Powers
* the power to appoint judges
* Clemency powers
Other informal Powers

* Secretary of State
* Record keeping
* Elections
* Attorney General
* Legal advisor
* Superintendent of Public Instruction

“ The Executive Branch is to carry out (“execute”) the laws and judicial decrees of the state (McClory, 2001).” * Operates prisons, medical...
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