Florida Legislative Supremacy
jnoble at DGSYS.COM
Fri Nov 17 23:53:34 PST 2000
>Here's another way to think about it: What is a state "Legislature,"
>anyway? Is it the group of people who sit in a certain chamber in the state
>capitol? Or is it the combination of whatever bodies and officers in which
>the state Constitution vests the "legislative" power, to be exercised by
>whatever coordinated set of procedures the State Constitution provides?
One other way to look at it, to the same end: the provision is a
reservation of state sovereignty, not a delegation of federal authority.
It's hard to view the provision as, at once, reserving sovereign state
authority, and creating a federal question regarding the manner by which it
is exercised. I think ONLY the State constitution can speak to the issue --
it defines the power reserved.
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