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Part I State Constitutions in American Constitutional Federalism, 1 The Other American Constitutions

From: The Law of American State Constitutions

Robert F. Williams

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 06 May 2021

State constitutions are different in a variety of ways from the federal Constitution. They perform different functions (generally limit plenary power rather than grant enumerated power), have different origins (from the people themselves), have a different form (longer), and have different qualities. Because states have different competency or responsibilities from federal constitutional competency and responsibilities, the content or quality of state constitutions is very different. State constitutions contain many more policy-oriented provisions, as well as provisions concerning the character, virtue and even morality of the state's people.

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