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Comparison of U.S. and Texas Constitution. Texas Constitution. U.S . Constitution. Similarities. state constitutions have been rewritten several times

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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".
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