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US Constitution and Constitution of Florida

The structures of the United States ***** (USC) and ***** ***** State Constitution (FSC) are remarkably similar. Both are broken up into articles (seven in the former, twelve in the latter) and fur*****r subdivided ***** sections. The *****, however, includes twenty-***** amendments.

Much of the content ***** the USC *****, particularly the first ten (which are known collectively as the "Bill of Rights") ***** incorporated into the first article of the FSC. This article, summarized as a "Declaration of Rights" is clearly an attempt to learn from the omissions of the past; even the order ***** the sections closely match the USC amendments.

The second article of the FSC, "General Provisions," covers issues such as boundaries, form of government, the basis of state ethical law, ***** declaring the official language. None of this material has a counterp*****rt in the *****.

The first three ********** ***** the USC are the third, fourth, and fifth of the FSC. They cover each of the three branches of government: legislative, executive, ***** judicial. The ***** is very exhaustive on the topics ***** powers, duties, and purpose, but the USC only briefly addresses a handful of critical *****sues before moving on to ***** next branch.

This reflects the fact that these documents fill different roles. ***** USC was, ***** and foremost, a statement to England, the world, and the newly-formed United ***** of America, that it had become a sovereign n*****tion. The particulars were inconsequential except inasmuch as ********** inspired confidence in the ability ***** the new government to act successfully.

The FSC, on the o*****r hand, was writ***** with the intent ***** ***** a lot of leg*****l ground. It is a one-source document to define an entire governmental system. As a result, it is well over five times as long.

Th***** differing role is also expressed in the subject areas covered ***** are not covered in the *****; election methods, taxation, and local government are all def*****ed in the *****. The USC restricts itself ***** enumerat*****g powers of the ***** branches ***** ***** the state ***** versus ***** national


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