The states now faced serious and complicated questions about how to make their rules. What did it mean to replace royal authority with institutions based on popular rule?
Jump to navigation Jump to search In the United States, each state has its own constitution. Usually, they are much longer than the United States Constitution, which only contains 4, words. State constitutions are usually longer than 8,words because they are more detailed regarding the day-to-day relationships between government and the people.
The shortest is the Constitution of Vermontadopted in and currently 8, words long. The longest is Alabama 's sixth and current constitution, ratified inaboutwords long. Both the federal and state constitutions are organic texts: The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitutionpart of the Bill of Rightsprovides that "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Typically state constitutions address a wide array of issues deemed by the states to be of sufficient importance to be included in the constitution rather than in an ordinary statute.
Often modeled after the federal Constitution, they outline the structure of the state government and typically establish a bill of rightsan executive branch headed by a governor and often one or more other officialssuch as a lieutenant governor and state attorney generala state legislatureand state courtsincluding a state supreme court a few states have two high courts, one for civil cases, the other for criminal cases.
They also provide general governmental framework for what each branch is supposed to do and how it should go about doing it.
Additionally, many other provisions may be included. Many state constitutions, unlike the federal constitution, also begin with an invocation of God. Some states allow amendments to the constitution by initiative. Many states have had several constitutions over the course of their history.
One unorganized territory, American Samoa, has its own constitution. The remaining 13 unorganized territories have no permanent populations and are either under direct control of the U. Government or operate as military bases. Constitutional law in the CNMI is based upon a series of constitutional documents, the most important of which are the Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in political union with the United States of America, which controls the relationship between the CNMI and the United States  ; and the local commonwealth constitution, drafted inratified by the people of the CNMI in Marchaccepted by the United States Government in Octoberand effective from 9 January The Vermont Constitution, for example, abolished slavery long before the U.S.
Constitution did so. Below is a list of links to online versions of state constitutions. Whenever possible, the sites are hosted by the states themselves.
The United States Constitution was written in during the Philadelphia Convention. The old Congress set the rules the new government followed in terms of writing and ratifying the new constitution.
The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States. and of the federal and state governments." The first permanent constitution of its kind, adopted by the people's representatives for an expansive nation, it is interpreted, supplemented.
Thus, for its first 30 years, California was a bilingual state. This provision was not included in the Constitution. The Spanish translation was written on 45 pages of heavy white paper, measuring 7 1/2" x 12". Pennsylvania created the most radical state constitution of the period.
Following the idea of popular rule to its logical conclusion, Pennsylvania created a state government with several distinctive features.
Yes. In the early stages of American government each state was required to write up their own constitution and Bill of Rights so that the power was given to the states.