Course Description

601:600. STATE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (2 or 3 cr) WI*

Nussbaumer, Williams


Interpretations of state constitutions, as well as their relationship to the federal constitution, with emphasis on the increased importance of state bills of rights as providing guarantees in addition to, and different from, federal guarantees of individual rights. Separation of power issues, and the exclusive powers of each branch. Survey of areas of state constitutional law, such as state and local tax and exemptions, local government, public education, debt limits and limits on expenditure of public funds, and eminent domain. The process and techniques of amending and revising state constitutions.