Essay on The United States Constitution Vs. The Texas Constitution

1305 Words Feb 10th, 2016 6 Pages
A constitution is a written document that provides basic principles and laws that govern a nation, state, or group. This provides a foundation for rule of law, power and limits of the government, and the rights and duties of the people. The United States Constitution was constructed on September 17, 1789 (Scott, 2016) and has influenced other countries and states constitutions. Several states in the United States drafted their current constitutions after the United States constitution so several of them are comprised of numerous numbers of similarities and differences. The constitution I chose to compare and contrast to the United States Constitution is the Texas Constitution. The Texas Constitution was drafted and adopted into law on February 15, 1876 (Ericson & Wallace, 2016). This constitution has some distinctive provisions based upon the unusual history of the state. These documents are similar in ways, but also are very different.
Both of these documents exemplify the basic principles of a representative government in which the power is in the hands of the people. These documents also contain a section that protects the civil liberties of the people from the government. Also these constitutions have a bicameral legislature that contains a House of Representatives and a Senate while additionally containing a system of checks and balances and separation of powers between the three branches of government legislative, executive, and judicial. The two…

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