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US Constitution and Constitution of Florida

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

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

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

The first three articles of the USC are ***** third, fourth, ***** fifth of the FSC. They cover each ***** the three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial. The FSC is very exhaustive on the topics ***** powers, duties, and purpose, but ***** USC only briefly addresses a handful of critical *****sues before mov*****g on to the 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 States of America, that it had become a sovereign n*****tion. The particulars were inconsequential except inasmuch as they inspired confidence in the ability of the new government to act successfully.

The FSC, on the o*****r hand, was writ***** 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 ***** well over five times as long.

This differing role is also expressed in ***** subject areas covered that are not covered in the ********** election methods, taxation, and local government are all def*****ed in the *****. The USC restricts itself ***** enumerating powers of the ********** *****es ***** of the state government versus the national


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