July 18, 2013 5:13 PM Subscribe
US Supreme Court decisions and how state law can limit them has made me curious about state constitutions. I understand that the 10th Amendment grants to the states powers not explicitly given to the Federal government.
posted by CollectiveMind to Law & Government (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
But these most recent decisions do seemed to have turned on a light for many people to the fact that perhaps the closer a government is to you, the more it directly affects your life. Not to say Federal constitutional questions haven't been or aren't relevant. But people seem to hold them in higher regard. I don't see anybody pulling out little booklets for the Massachusetts or Nebraska Constitution like they do with the Bill of Rights or the Declaration of Independence. Yet, Civil Rights Voting Laws and Gay Marriage legislation as they were interpreted by many states may be radically different from how the Supreme Court ruled. Do people care about state constitutions? Should they?