• Homework Hotline: New York State Government: Legislative Branch
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    Homework Hotline: New York State Government: Legislative Branch

    (Narration) The Legislature is the lawmaking branch of our state government. It is a bicameral branch of government which means it has two houses: the Senate and the Assembly. Members of both the Senate and Assembly are known as legislators and they have the same basic duty, to represent the people of New York and pass laws. New York is a large, diverse state with millions of people and places, all of which have different things to offer and different needs to fulfill. This makes representing everyone a big job that could never be done by just one person. The people that the legislators represent are called their constituents. Each…

  • John Marshall Defines Non-Delegation Doctrine [No. 86]
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    John Marshall Defines Non-Delegation Doctrine [No. 86]

    The Supreme Court first addressed the Non-Delegation Doctrine back in 1825, in an opinion by Chief Justice John Marshall. It was addressed in passing, because they didn’t need to deal with the issue in the case, but Marshall made some observations about that doctrine that still have a lot of relevance today. He noted the big problem is figuring out where the lines are drawn among the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial powers. In that particular case, Congress had given the Federal Courts power to promulgate their own rules of procedure, for how to execute judgements and things like that. The question was whether that was something that needed to be…

  • A More or Less Perfect Union: Checks & Balances
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    A More or Less Perfect Union: Checks & Balances

    When it came to writing the Constitution, the Framers’ great concern was with the concentration of power in any one branch, which would inevitably lead to tyranny. As usual, Madison had a solution. Madison came to the Constitutional Convention, with something under his belt that was called the Virginia Plan. Might we call it a “system” or a “draft”? We might. It’s a plan. A plan. That’s what we need. Which was a kind of draft model constitution that he and some other people had put together. The Framers understood the clear link between structure and liberty and how important it was to get the structure right, or the liberty…

  • What Do Legislative Committees Do? | Peach State Politics
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    What Do Legislative Committees Do? | Peach State Politics

    Welcome back to Peach State Politics. I’m Stephen Fowler, your GPB Education Capitol correspondent. This week we’re getting into the nitty gritty of committees. Try saying that five times fast. Nitty gritty committee. Nitty gritty committee. Anyway, committees are an important part of the Georgia legislature where smaller groups of lawmakers get together and hear all of the different merits of a bill and recommend whether or not it passes and should go before the larger chambers. Each committee is made up of a bipartisan group of lawmakers either in the House or the Senate, and they’re tasked with meeting to hear specific bills. The pros, the cons, if there’s…

  • Should Courts Defer to Political Branches? [No. 86]
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    Should Courts Defer to Political Branches? [No. 86]

    One popular notion about how to think about the courts is the idea of judicial restraint. The idea here is that when interpreting the Constitution, courts should be restrained and should defer to the judgments of Congress or the President or the state legislatures. I do not think that the courts should defer to the opinions of other branches about the meaning of the Constitution. But this is the way I think it should work is that the legislative branches or the political branches are entitled to govern, unless what they are doing violates the Constitution. And some things that they might do violate the very words, I mean, you…

  • The Legislative Branch at the State Level
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    The Legislative Branch at the State Level

    Today we will learn about the Legislative Branch at the State level. The Constitution has an interesting way of explaining the powers of the States. The Tenth Amendment states, that many powers not given to the Federal government, but not specifically denied to the States belong to the States. These are known as Reserved Powers. One of these powers reserved for the States is the right for the states to establish their own systems of state government, each state has developed their own system of government, but each state also has three branches; consisting of a Legislative Branch called the State Legislature, an Executive Branch consisting of a governor, and…

  • Court Shorts: Separation of Powers
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    Court Shorts: Separation of Powers

    This concept of separation of powers is what makes America great. It is absolutely the genius of our democracy. Here we are over two centuries later and still the Constitution with its three pillars of government exists in the same form as it did at the founding. All of these parts working together creates a team effort, which really aids our form of government and creates its stability. Many people don’t realize that the Constitution sets out three branches of government. The first is the Legislative Branch. The second branch is the Executive Branch that we typically think of the president, but it also includes all of his executive officers.…

  • Teach With TVW: Washington’s Legislative Branch
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    Teach With TVW: Washington’s Legislative Branch

    You may be familiar with how the United States Congress functions, but how does the legislative branch work in Washington State? What are some of the differences between the branches at the state and federal levels? One of the many differences is that, unlike Congress, the Washington State Legislature does not meet year round–it meets part of the year in Olympia. Washington has a citizen legislature, comprised of legislators who have other jobs when the legislature is not in session. The only qualifications for legislators is that they be citizens of the United States and qualified voters in the district from which they are chosen. The Legislature is a bicameral…

  • President vs. Congress: Does the separation of powers still work? (1980) | ARCHIVES
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    President vs. Congress: Does the separation of powers still work? (1980) | ARCHIVES

    Announcer: From the nation’s capital, the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research presents Public Policy Forums, a series of programs featuring the nation’s top authorities presenting their differing views on the vital issues which confront us. Today’s topic, president vs. congress, does the separation of powers still work? John Charles Daly: Nearly 200 years ago, our founding fathers in the Federalist argued that the accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. The preservation of liberty requires that the three great departments of…

  • Mises Weekends Live! Allen Mendenhall on our Terrible Supreme Court
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    Mises Weekends Live! Allen Mendenhall on our Terrible Supreme Court

    This is Mises Weekends with your host Jeff Deist. (Loud and enthusiastic applause) That was, that was pretty well trained. That was like, that was like a sitcom audience right there. But, anyway. It is the weekend of our Supporter Summit and as you can see, we’re filming Mises weekends live. Our topic this week is the Supreme Court. We just couldn’t avoid it with everything that’s been going on with Kavanaugh and this really horrible politicization of everything we’ve seen. So, our guest is a friend of mine Allen Mendenhall. Some of you have seen him on the show before talking about recent Supreme Court nominees. He’s an Associate…