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Transcript of federalism

the system of shared powers between levels of government (national/state/local)
why is Federalism important?
How is the
power divided?
Dual Federalism
(layer cake)
How is power interpreted?
national powers
state powers
conduct elections
shared powers
collect taxes
3 types of delegated powers:
1) Enumerated: powers specifically listed in the Constitution

2) Implied: powers reasonably inferred by enumerated powers (necessary and proper clause)

3) Inherent: powers that are held by any national govt (E&L) in a sovereign state
Commerce Clause
INTERstate = delegated
INTRAstate = reserved

Gibbons v. Ogden (1824)
US v. Lopez (1995)
Printz v. US (1997)
US v. Morrison (2000)
Eras of Federalism
(Marble Cake)
New Federalism / Devolution
Federal government shifted some authority back to the states (as well as costs)
functions of state and national govt SEPARATE
all levels have to work together
New Deal made the cooperation on
all levels necessary
because of Great Depression:
Compared to marble cake federalism, Reagan's new federalism aimed to
A. increase the size of the federal government.
B. reduce the number of block grants given to the states.
C. downsize the federal government and turn more authority over to the states.
D. increase the amount of federal taxes to reduce the deficit
E. reduce the size of the Defense Department and give the savings back to the states.
Limited Government
Print money

Make rules about trade between states and nations (interstate commerce)

Declare war
Make treaties and deal with foreign countries
Establish a post office
Provide an army and a navy
Make laws that are necessary and proper to carry out its powers (implied powers) - McCulloch v. Maryland

Spend money for the general welfare (entitlements)
Make copyright laws to protect authors’ writings

Decide what units of measure we will use
establish local governments
marriage, divorce, adoption
intrastate commerce (trade within the state)
Issue licenses (driver, hunting, marriage, etc.)
Ratify Constitutional amendments

Provide for public health (drinking, smoking, seat belt laws, speed limits, etc.)
Make rules about business inside a state (state licenses for jobs - cosmetology, doctors, teachers, lawyers, etc)

Use any power the Constitution doesn’t give the federal government or deny to the states

STATE level laws (specific to GA)

Provide for public safety (police, fire)
protect civil rights and liberties
public heath and safety
courts (dual court system - federal and state)
punishing law breakers (jail/prison)
borrow money
build and maintain roads
establish a standing army - military/national guard
Make and enforce laws

Charter banks and corporations
Term federalism is not in the Constitution, but it is found in how power is allocated.
Each operated in its own "sphere"

powers and policy assignments were distinct and did not overlap (i.e. layer cake)
narrow interpretation of Constitution --
gives federal govt limited powers, the rest should be given to states (
10th amendment
4 essential parts:
1) national govt ruled by enumerated powers only
2) national govt has limited set of purposes
3) each government level is sovereign
4) relationship between levels is tense, not cooperative
mingling of responsibilities between levels
powers of national government should be interpreted loosely
3 essential parts:
1) national and state agencies undertake functions together
2) nation and states share power (concurrent!)
3) power not concentrated at any one level or agency.
fragmentation of responsibility gives people access to influence govt!
How Federal govt has gained power using the Constitution
ex: Welfare Reform Act
Fiscal & Regulatory Federalism
Supremacy clause (Article VI)
*McCulloch v. Maryland
- states can't override national policies
- if there is a conflict, National laws are supreme
Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Article IV)
*Gibbons v. Ogden
- only Congress can regulate interstate commerce (power not shared)
- power has been expanded using this clause
~ Heart of Atlanta Motel v. US (Congress can regulate businesses in the interest of interstate travel)
War Powers (Article I)
- National govt can declare war
Power to tax and spend
- states don't have to accept federal $ but if they do, they must follow
SCOTUS cases showing Devolution:
US v. Lopez
- national govt can't make laws regarding schools. Each state has own Gun Free School Zone Act.
US v. Morrison
- Violence Against Women Act. Rape victims couldn't sue attackers in federal court (only allowed in state)
Printz v. US (Brady Act 1997)
- background checks on gun sales should be federal level, not local govt
no Elastic clause
restricts 10th amendment
expands Elastic clause
Fiscal Federalism
the model of spending, taxing, and providing grants to the states
what are federal grants?
federal money (revenue) given to state and local govts
purpose of federal grants:
to equalize resources among states
(urban development, education, transportation, water quality)
types of grants
Categorical grants
money given for a very specific purpose (roads, airport, housing)

states must adhere to guidelines (conditions of aid)
lots of "strings" attached to get money

National govt
Block grants
money given for more broad purpose (transportation, education)

less restrictions

Project grants
money for specific project
Regulatory Federalism
regulations that states must follow (mandate) in order to get money or receive grants-in-aid.
What is a federal mandate?
federal order imposed on states
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
all public facilities must be handicap accessible
Clean Water Act
Clean Air Act
use pollution-control technology and get permit to discharge waste into waters
anti-pollution techniques must be used
not all mandates receive money from government...
ex: Americans with Disabilities Act
The section of the Constitution that clearly states the concept of federalism is
A. Article I
B. Article II
C. Article III
D. 10th Amendment
E. 11th Amendment

1. The concept of "dual federalism" is best characterized by which of the following statements?
A. The states may exercise only those powers delegated to them by Congress.
B. The states have reserved powers which Congress may regulate as it sees fit.
C. The powers of the states and the federal government overlap to such a degree that it is impossible to distinguish the two in practice.
D. The state and federal governments are each sovereign and independent within their respective spheres of influence
E. The states created the federal government and have the right to nullify laws which, in their opinion, violate the federal Constitution

4. An important outcome of Marshall's ruling in McCulloch v. Maryland was to
A. place limits on the constitutional powers granted to Congress by refusing McCulloch's appeal
B. give greater power to the states in taxing agents of the federal government, including banks.
C. state that legislatures could not deprive honest investors of the lands they had acquired under a corrupt grant.
D. define commerce expansively to include people and new technologies such as a steamboat
E. confirm the supremacy of the federal government in the excercise of the constitutional powers granted to Congress
Under a federal system of government,
A. power is concentrated in the central government.
B. power rests primarily in subnational units which control the national budget.
C. the national government and subnational units would share power.
D. each state has a veto over national policy in areas such as defense policy.
E. states would typically have no power over local matters such as schools, roads, and police services

Congress would be required to use the "elastic clause" of the Constitution in order to
A. change citizenship requirements
B. impose workplace safety standards
C. increase tax rates
D. authorize the treasury to print money
E. declare war
during Civil War: states said they could refuse to follow acts of Congress they disagreed with (i.e. slavery) ---- nullification is not allowed!
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