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Comparison of U.S. and Texas Constitution


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Texas Constitution

U.S. Constitution

Similarities

  • state constitutions have been rewritten several times

  • have weak separation of powers because of plural executive which is the (division of executive (governor’s) power among several other elected officials) Limits governor power

  • TX. Constitution is very long because too much policy is spelled out (TX. = 80,000 words long, over 400 Amendments

  • U.S. Constitution has not been rewritten

  • has strong separation of powers & strong executive (Legislative, Executive, Judicial)

  • U.S Constitution is short, about 7,400 words, with only 27 Amendments


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Texas Constitution

U.S. Constitution

Similarities

  • Constitution change/grow through 2 methods:

  • 1. Numbered amendment

  • 2. Judicial interpretation

  • Highest law of the land

  • Written September 17, 1787 ratified and became effective March 4, 1789

  • change/grow through 1 methods:

  • Numbered amendment

  • May not make laws that go against the U.S. Constitution

  • Written in 1876 (last), Texas has had 6 constitutions,

  • Limits governor power


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U.S. Constitution

Texas Constitution

Similarities

  • Bicameral

  • Plan of government

  • Makes a government legal

  • Clear duties of major officials

  • How voters select officials

  • Limit the power of government

  • Three branches of government

  • Bill of Rights

  • The group of white males involved in the writing of the Constitution is generally referred to as the "framers".