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What are the similarities between California's constitution and the federal constitution?

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There are a few similarities between the California and the US constitutions. Both documents outline the rights and responsibilities of individuals who are citizens (and in some cases, legal residents) of the state or country. In the US constitution, these individual rights are outlined in the section called the Bill of Rights. In the California constitution, these rights are outlined in the first article of the constitution.

Both documents establish the branches of government. They both include an executive branch, a legislative branch, and a judicial branch. The documents go on to list the powers and responsibilities of each branch.

Finally, both documents establish a bicameral legislature, meaning there are two separate houses or chambers within the legislative branch. In California, these two houses are a state assembly and a state senate, each of which includes representatives from all of the districts in California. In the US constitution, these two houses are the US House of...

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