Power Between Federal and State Governments

Topics: United States Constitution, Supreme Court of the United States, United States Congress Pages: 3 (914 words) Published: July 3, 2012
American Government
Marlys Mildenberg
Colorado Technical University Online
Power between federal and state governments
Professor John Ragan
Phase 1 Individual Project
04/11/11

Abstract
In this paper, you will discover what differences and similarities that the U.S. Constitution points out between the federal and state governments. The constitution states in the Articles of the “Bill of Rights” what laws pertain strictly to each the federal and state governments. What is more, there are several points noted that overlap between the two. Numerous locations with information on this topic were found however; I chose to utilize the four noted on the reference page. Our Forefathers wanted to create a nation with a stronger reform to serve all people of the new nation, not a monarchy as they fought to gain freedom from. Hence, the U.S. Constitution was drafted in less than a hundred working days.

Table of Contents
Title Page……………………………………………………………………….1 Abstract ……………………………………………………………………….. 2 Table of Contents ……………………………………………………………... 3 Paper Title …………………………………………………………………….. 4
Government Branches and Powers of Each …………………………4-5
Powers of State ………………………………………………………5-6
Limits on Government …………………………………………………6
Limits on States ………………………………………………………..6
Similarities ……………………………………………………………..6 References ……………………………………………………………………..7

Power between federal and state governments
The Constitution is the law of the land. Within the constitution, there are various Articles, Bills, Sections etc. and what I confer from my understanding of the dividing of power follows in this paper. Article I lists the powers that Congress possess. Article I, Section 8 of the constitution expresses the powers of congress (Constitutional Themes-Federal Power). Congress has two basic functions, legislative for the nation and a representative for the people. However, its main function is to enact laws. There was a purpose of the forefathers...

References: American Government-13th Edition
Chapters 1, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 12
Constitutional Themes-Federal Power
http://www.articleii.org/federal_power.html
Federalism: National vs. State Government
http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/rightsandfreedoms/a/federalism.htm
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