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US Constitution and ***** of Florida

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

Much of the content ***** the USC *****, particularly ***** first ten (which are known collectively as the "Bill of Rights") are incorporated into ***** first article ***** 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 of ***** sections closely match the USC amendments.

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

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

This reflects the fact that these documents fill different roles. The USC was, first and foremost, a statement to England, the world, and the newly-formed United States 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 other hand, was writ***** with the intent to cover 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 c*****ed ***** are not covered in the USC; election methods, taxation, and local government are all def*****ed in the FSC. The USC restricts itself to enumerating powers ***** the ***** branches ***** of the state government versus ***** national


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