Differences of California State and US constitutions Paper

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  1. Discuss general similarities and differences between your state constitution and the U.S. Constitution
    1. Document Structure
      1. Similarities
        1. preambles in both
        2. articles in both
      2. Differences:
        1. state has more articles than U.S.
        2. state is much longer than U.S.
    2. Government Structure
      1. Similarities
        1. three branches
        2. bicameral legislatures
      2. Differences
        1. legislatures have different names
        2. jurisdiction of courts is different

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Name: Unit 6 Alternative Portfolio Directions: In this portfolio, you will compare and contrast the U.S. Constitution with the California State Constitution. Both are very different documents, although there are some similarities. You will be answering four questions. Be sure to fully answer all parts of the question! *Note: The actual questions are in bold and my explanations are in normal font. : Important Documents: U.S. Constitution ), California State Constitution 1. Discuss general similarities and differences between your state constitution and the U.S. Constitution (in terms of government and document structure). You are going to be looking at the way the documents look, in general. Look at aspects such as length, headings, subheadings, and other items that catch your attention. You are also going to discuss differences and similarities in how the governments are set up. For example, does California also have a Congress? If so, what is it? Are there any differences between it and the U.S. Congress? Response: 2. Report on whether your state constitution includes a statement or bill of rights. Summarize the kinds of rights that are protected. How do they compare with the protections in the U.S. Bill of Rights? Response: 3. Drill down to the specific right to privacy. Why is the right to privacy important? Is it explicitly mentioned in your state constitution? What are the exact words? Evaluate the scope of privacy protection offered—does it provide more, or less, protection than the U.S Constitution’s implied right to privacy? Check out Article I of the California's constitution. You should find the answers to these questions in that section. Look back over previous lessons for review on what the U.S. Constitution says about the right to privacy. Response: 4. Assess the merit of explicit versus general constitutional language in the protection of rights. Is one more preferable than another? How does the language in your state constitution compare to the language in the U.S. Constitution? This is asking you to look at the language in both constitutions. The U.S. Constitution was made vague on purpose so that future generations could interpret what it says in their own ways and so it could change over time. A good example of that is the freedoms of the First Amendment. Supreme Courts throughout U.S. history have interpreted what they mean in different ways because the wording of the amendment is so vague. Is California's the same way, or is the language more clear? Provide some examples to back up what you are saying. Response:
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Unit 6 Alternative Portfolio
Directions: Comparison and difference between the U.S. Constitution and the California State
Constitution.
Important Documents: U.S. Constitution), California State Constitution
1. Discuss general similarities and differences between your state constitution and the U.S.
Constitution (in terms of government and document structure).
2. Report on whether your state constitution includes a statement or bill of rights. Summarize
the kinds of rights that are protected. How do they compare with the protections in the U.S.
Bill of Rights?
3. Drill down to the specific right to privacy. Why is the right to privacy important? Is it
explicitly mentioned in your state constitution? What are the exact words? Evaluate the scope
of privacy protection offered—does it provide more, or less, protection than the U.S
Constitution’s implied right to privacy?
4. Assess the merit of explicit versus general constitutional language in the protection of rights.
Is one preferable than another? How does the language in your state constitution compare to
the language in the U.S. Constitution?

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