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1 What does the Constitution say about Federalism?
Federalism in the U.S. What does the Constitution say about Federalism? Strict Construction vs. Loose Construction * …different ways of interpreting the U.S. Constitution!

2 1.) Ohio, hard hit by the recent recession, has decided to issue coins made from old cars in order to stimulate the worsening economy. NOPE! Article I, Section 10 2.) The U.S. Congress passes a law imposing new regulations upon airlines which engage in hauling goods and products from the east coast to the west coast. YUP! Article I, Section 8 3.) Colorado’s Scenic Drive Highway has become overcrowded. The Colorado state legislature passes a law forbidding out of state drivers from using the highway. NOPE! Article IV, Section 2 4.) The Supreme Court of the United States’ upholding of the U.S. Congress’ power to regulate the strip mining of coal upset the Governor of North Dakota. He has announced that he will not allow the enforcement of the law in his state. NOPE! Article VI 5.) Displeased with the United States Postal Service, the Ohio General Assembly has passed a law creating the Ohio Postal Service. NOPE! Article I, Section 8 6.) The State of Washington has placed a tax on goods imported and exported through its seaports. NOPE! Article I, Section 10

3 7.) The neighboring state of Illinois has annexed Lake County, Indiana.
NOPE! Article IV, Section 3 8.) The Governor of Ohio requests that the state of Kentucky return Danny Meester to Ohio. Meester, an alleged murderer in Ohio, has fled to Kentucky where local authorities recently captured him. YUP! Article IV, Section 2 9.) Nikki Minnick has been legally adopted in the state of Arkansas. After the Minnick family moved to the state of Georgia, the Georgia State Welfare Agency took little Nikki from his adoptive parents on the grounds that Nikki’s adoption was not valid in the state of Georgia. The Agency claims it does not recognize Arkansas adoption laws. NOPE! Article IV, Section 1 10.) The federal government passes a law to establish a single national system of public high schools. NOPE! 10th Amendment 11.) In response to a nationwide counterfeiting ring, the federal government announces a new mandatory twenty-five year prison sentence for anyone caught participating in this activity. NOPE! 8th Amendment

4 12.) * The U.S. Congress decides to propose legislation that defines marriage as between one man and one woman; consequently, it passes with an overwhelming majority in both the House and the Senate and the President signs the bill into law. Included in this new law is the provision that same-sex marriage will not be allowed throughout the country. NOPE! Article IV, Section 1 13.) In response to partisan bickering and politics “as usual,” Ohio voters vote a third party into power in the General Assembly and in the governor's mansion. These lawmakers immediately enter into an agreement with Venezuela to import oil directly into the state of Ohio. Kentucky wants included in this deal and asks Ohio to join, in which Ohio obliges. When the Indiana governor publically denounces Ohio, Ohio declares war on Indiana. NOPE! Article I, Section 10 14.) Microsoft invents the ultimate iPhone “app” that does everything from your laundry to writing your research paper. The U.S. Congress issues Microsoft a patent which gives them exclusive ownership of this iPhone “app.” YUP! Article I, Section 8 15.) The U.S. Congress borrows money from China to pay for the day-to-day operations of the United States. YUP! Article I, Section 8

5 16.) Congress establishes all rules and procedures to be followed in Yellowstone National Park, located within the jurisdiction of three different states – Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. YUP! Article IV, Section 3 17.) The State of Ohio recently amended their State constitution to allow four separate casinos within their state. These casinos must meet the requirements set forth by the General Assembly. YUP! 10th Amendment 18.) To promote the general welfare of the American people, and enhance the War on Drugs, the U.S. Congress adds caffeine to the list of banned substances starting on January 1, 2014. YUP! Article I, Section 8


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