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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 ***** latter) and further subdivided into sections. The USC, however, includes twenty-***** amendments.

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

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

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

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

The FSC, on the o*****r hand, was written with the intent ***** cover a lot of legal 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 ***** subject areas covered that are not covered in the USC; election methods, taxation, *****d local government are all def*****ed in the FSC. The USC restricts itself ***** enumerating powers of the governmental branches and ***** the state government versus ***** *****al

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