Virginia State Government. Executive. The government of Virginia was founded in 1619 , Virginia is the oldest state in the Union.
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In the event the Governor cannot fulfill his duties, the Lieutenant Governor will take over.
Current Lt. Gov. is Bill Bolling.
The Lt. Gov. is elected separately and not as a partner with the governor.
The Attorney General supervises the legal activities of all state agencies, provides legal advice to the governor, issues written interpretations of the state constitution, and acts as the state’s chief lawyer and law enforcement officer.
Many states kept their charters as the basis for their new state constitutions other states, like Virginia, drew up new constitutions. Only 20 states have kept their original founding document as part of their constitution.
The creation of the U.S. Constitution in 1787 made all states adopt a republicanform of government and adhere to the Constitution when forming their own state constitutions. States must comply with the Doctrine of Incorporation which said that states could not deny rights to its people that were given in the Bill Of Rights.
Many states believed strongly in states rights claiming that the states were joined in a voluntary union which one could leave at any time. The states had created the national government and had given it only limited powers over them therefore the states were superior to the federal government in all matters other than those listed in the Constitution.
State constitutions can be amended for the same reasons as the U.S. Constitution. Many amendments to state constitutions are for specific purposes, so some constitutions become very large due to the enormous amount of amendments made. Alabama has over 700 amendments to its constitution, Virginia has ____________.
Ratification of amendments is through a popularvote in 49 of the 50 states. In 44 of the 50 states, only a simple majority of voters is needed to pass amendments (Virginia is one of them!). (Delaware is the exception to the popular vote ratification)