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State and Local Government. By Chloe Blake. State and Local Government. Most Americans have more daily contact with their state and local governments than with the federal government.

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State and Local Government
  • Most Americans have more daily contact with their state and local governments than with the federal government.
    • Police departments, libraries, and schools — not to mention driver's licenses and parking tickets — usually fall under state and local governments.
    • Each state has its own written constitution, and these documents are often far more elaborate than their federal counterpart.
state government
State Government
  • Under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, all powers not granted to the federal government are reserved for the states and the people.
  • All state governments are modeled after the federal government and consist of three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial.
  • The U.S. Constitution says that all states uphold a "republican form" of government, meaning voting and checks and balances, but the three-branch structure is not required.
  • Kansas State government is located in Topeka, KS is the capitol building.
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State Government
  • Executive Branch
    • In every state, the executive branch is headed by a governor who is directly elected by the people.
  • Legislative Branch
    • All 50 states have legislatures made up of elected representatives, who create legislation that becomes law.
  • Judicial Branch
    • State judicial branches are usually led by the state supreme court, which hears appeals from lower-level state courts.
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State Government
  • Governor
    • Sam Brownback
  • Lt. Governor
    • Jeff Coyler
  • Secretary of State
    • Kris Kobach
  • State Treasurer
    • Ron Estes
  • Attorney General
    • Derek Schmidt
the governor
The Governor

Sam Brownback

  • Is the 46th and current Governor of Kansas; heis member of the Republican Party.
  • He was elected the 46th Governor of Kansas in 2010 and took office in January 2011.
  • The governor’s responsibilities mirror theresponsibilities of the President of the United States,but on a smaller scale.
  • A governor is responsible for running the stategovernment, he is in charge of the NationalGuard for his state.
  • He is responsible for enforcing state laws, signslegislation to make it effective or vetoes it, etc.
local government
Local Government
  • Local governments generally include two tiers: counties and cities/towns.
  • Most local governments are in charge of school districts or fire protection districts.
  • They take responsibility for parks and recreation services, police and fire departments, housing services, emergency medical services, municipal courts, transportation services, and public works (streets, sewers, and snow removal).
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Local Government
  • Mayor
    • Bobbi Mlynar
  • Vice Mayor
    • Rob Gilligan
  • City Commissioner
    • Joel Phipps
  • City Commissioner
    • Kevin Nelson
  • City Commissioner
    • Jim Kessler
the mayor
The Mayor

Bobbi Mylnar

  • Before running for the office of city commissioner,and the office of the mayor, she was a journalist.
  • She was a reporter and a city editor at the Emporia Gazette.
  • Mayors decide how to spend money on local programs, construction projects, parks, city streets, and other things. At city council meetings, where local officers discuss current and upcoming plans for their areas, the mayor listens to everything and has the power to vote on which plans should be put into practice.
  • A mayor is also responsible for making sure that city services, such as the fire department and police department, work well and are helping everyone who needs assistance.