Questions tagged [federalism]

Relating to the distribution of power in an organization between a central authority and the constituent units in a federal system of government.

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In the United States how can a federal agency constitutionally regulate aviation?

The Federal Aviation Administration is a federal agency with the authority to regulate all civil aviation in the United States, including flights over state rather than federal territory. How is the ...
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If Gamble v. United States ends up creating a precedent, how could the federal and state governments agree on who gets to prosecute?

According to Wiki: The separate sovereigns doctrine holds that because the federal and state government are "separate sovereigns", the Double Jeopardy Clause does not apply to prosecution of the ...
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Which law requires a pharmacist to be present in every pharmacy?

Which law requires a pharmacist to be present in every pharmacy in the United States?
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Are all crimes committed in Washington DC federal crimes?

Since Washington DC is a federal territory, do all crimes committed there automatically become federal crimes?
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Can the federal government force state/local governments to share resources with neighbouring states/localities?

There is an increasing amount of tension between multiple states associated with essential resources like water. Here's a link - https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/2789784 . If a state tries to build a ...
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Could Puerto Rico become part of a US state?

Could Puerto Rico become part of a US state? I realise it has long been proposed as a 51st state, but that seems unlikely. So how about this alternative?
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Can getting medical marijuana prescribed prevent you from owning or buying a firearm?

The federal law governing possession and ownership of firearms is 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3). This prohibits possession or ownership by a person who is “…an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled ...
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What, Legally, Justifies Eminent Domain?

In the United States, under the Taking Clause of the Fifth Amendment, the Federal Government's power of Eminent Domain is established: nor shall private property be taken for public use, without ...
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How can federal law require seating for disabled people in a city train?

Once in a city train in Bay area, I saw a plate which says something similar to "federal law requires this seat to be reserved for disabled people". What part of the constitution authorizes the US ...
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Can't a state in India challenge the Parliament in court?

In an ongoing case challenging the centre's decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for government welfare schemes, the Supreme Court bench asked the West Bengal state counsel: "In a federal structure, ...
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some aspects of the Steven Avery case

As many others all over the world, I follow the Steven Avery case. Can you explain to me this matter? According to an article on the internet, "a federal judge has overturned the 1st Degree ...
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Does the state have the legal right to limit city legislation?

Recently, Missouri passed a law which effectively prevents cities within the state from setting their own minimum wage. Now, I liken this to the fact that the states themselves can set a wage that is ...
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U.S. Code and the Supremacy Clause

The 18 U.S. Code § 1111 punished first degree murder by death Whoever is guilty of murder in the first degree shall be punished by death or by imprisonment for life; Whoever is guilty of ...
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Why is the US allowed to print money?

Article 1 section 10 paragraph 1 of the US constitution says No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit;...