State Law Of The Land

1839 Words Jan 7th, 2016 8 Pages
Some Texans will say that “Texas was once it’s own country” proudly and that may have been the case in 1836 but Texas became the 28th state in 1845, and is no longer it’s own republic. When Texas joined the Union, Texas was held under the Constitution. Article VI clause 2 of the Constitution establishes that the federal government is the supreme law of the land (Heritage). States governments are bound and held accountable by the supreme law. In the event of a conflict, the federal Constitution is supreme over state law (Heritage). The supremacy clause is important in strengthening the country and its objectives but Texas is known to challenge the supreme law of the land. States are granted the right to petition the federal government and Texas has on several occasions. A major current issue is redistricting. Every ten years there seems to be a redistricting issue arise between Texas and the federal government that has been going on for the last fifty-five years. Redistricting is drawing new electoral district boundaries in order to equalize district populations (CA, Redistricting). The districts are used primarily to choose the states representatives for the Texas House, Texas Senate and the United States House Representatives. Texas failed to draw new boundaries for years after the Supreme court decision during the beginning of the twentieth century. The Supreme Court made a landmark decision in 1964 after three monumental court cases (Baker vs Car, Reynolds vs…
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