California State Constitution V. U.S. Constitution

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California State Constitution v. U.S. Constitution
William Liesman
September 4, 2012

California State Constitution v. U.S. Constitution

Monterey, California; the year was 1849 a group of Californians gathered at their first Constitutional convention to talk and construct a government to maintain law and order. In October 1849 a California State Constitution was adopted, outlining founding principles as a territory. Once California became a State in 1850 the newly adopted Constitution remained in place up to present day. ("Teachergenius", 2012). The California Constitution is similar in many ways to the United States Constitution. Example of this is; Article III California Constitution divided State Government into three branches: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial, the same as the U.S. Constitution. ("Teachergenius", 2012). There also are many differences between the two Constitutions. First; the California Constitution allows the Governor to line veto bills that have been submitted for approval, this means that the governor can accept some parts of the bill and delete other parts, and the President of the United States can only veto the entire bill. ("National Constitution Center", 2012). Second difference is; the Lieutenant Governor, which is equivalent to the U.S. Vice President, is elected by the voters separately from the State Governor, according to Article V (Executive Department). In the U.S. Constitution the President and Vice President run on the same ticket together and are elected by the electoral as a pair. ("National Constitution Center", 2012). The third difference is that within the judicial branch of the California Government (Article VI Judicial Department), Judges are elected by the people, and have term limits of 12 years. In the U.S. Constitution; Supreme Court Judges are…...

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