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What are some things that states cannot do under the Constitution?

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kisstopher603 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted November 2, 2012 at 12:15 AM via web

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What are some things that states cannot do under the Constitution?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 2, 2012 at 12:34 AM (Answer #1)

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There are many things that the state governments may not do under the Constitution.  The Constitution was written in part to limit the power of the state governments and give the federal government more power than it had previously had.  Among the things that the states cannot do are:

  • Regulate commerce between them and other states.
  • Enter into any treaties or alliances with other countries.
  • Coin money of their own.
  • Grant titles of nobility.
  • Pass any law that infringes on the liberty of people to make contracts.

There are many more things that are forbidden to the states.  Many of them are found in Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution.

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