The Federal/State Powers Worksheet.
Using the Federalism notes regarding Delegated, Reserved or Concurrent Powers, answer the questions below. Read each scenario describing an action taken by the federal or state government. Decide whether the action is constitutional or unconstitutional by comparing the proposed action against Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and other Constitutional material. Then, explain your answer, using complete sentences.
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Upset with the steady decline in state standardized test scores, Congress passes a law making a national 12-month school year mandatory.
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Ohio is suffering from high unemployment. In order to have a BMW plant built in Toledo, Ohio, the state of Ohio negotiates a treaty with Germany that guarantees that Ohio will not charge any import tariffs on any German goods.
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After a mid-air airplane collision kills hundreds and a drunk pilot is found to be at fault, Congress passes new laws regulating the certification of pilots for the airline industry.
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Wyoming, needing more money for their state budget, passes a state income tax.
Fun Fact! The State of Wyoming presently DOES NOT have a State Income Tax!
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To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Troy, NY, the City Council issues $5.00 coins with a picture of Uncle Sam on the front and the city skyline on the reverse.
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Due to abnormally high divorce rates from teenage marriages, Congress passes a law setting the minimum age for marriage to 21.
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Idaho passes a law providing for no speed limits on all of the state's rural Interstate Highways.
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Virginia passes a law allowing 16 and 17 year-olds to vote, as long as they are enrolled in or have passed a State-approved American Government course in high school.
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The state of Hawaii passes a law that guarantees all state citizens the right to free health care at state funded clinics.
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Because the Postal Service is losing millions of dollars per month, Congress disbands the Postal Service and closes all Post Offices.
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