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The Federal Constitutional System of Legislation and Regulation

Learn about the separation of powers into three branches of the federal government, and the sources of federal law.


I. Introduction

The laws that most commonly affect and regulate our daily lives are made up of legislation, enacted by Congress, state legislatures, and local legislative units such as city councils, and administrative regulations, promulgated by administrative agencies at all levels of government. For example, Congress enacted the National Highway Traffic Safety Act in 1966. Pursuant to that act, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration develops and enforces Federal Motor Vehicle...