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meyou4114 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted November 18, 2012 at 3:20 PM via web

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In what ways does the Massachusetts Constitution similar to the United States Constitution? 

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 19, 2012 at 4:40 PM (Answer #1)

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The Massachusetts Constitution begins with an expansive Declaration of Rights that enshrines many of the civil liberties guaranteed by the amendments to the U.S. Constitution. It also provides for a government that is more or less structurally similar to that of the United States. It provides for a bicameral legislature, with a Senate and House of Representatives. It provides for an executive vested in one person, the governor. Additionally, it creates a Supreme Court and a state judiciary. So while the Massachusetts Constitution is much more explicit in outlining the actual structure and powers of government in the state (maintaining, for example, universities, and outlining the oath of office for all officials) the general framework is the same.  

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