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State Legislative & Administrative Processes

Learn about state administrative processes, including how state constitutions, legislatures, and agencies affect and apply those processes.


I. Introduction

In our federalist governmental system, states are separate sovereigns from the federal government. Although the two sets of sovereigns coexist within the boundaries of each state, each sovereign possesses certain powers that the other does not. Article VI of the Constitution states that federal constitutional provisions, validly enacted federal statutes, and validly promulgated federal regulations are the supreme law of the land. They trump any inconsistent state constitutional...