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States' Rights and the 10th Amendment


States' Rights and the 10th Amendment The tenth amendment of the United States reads: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. That sentence has sparked debate for many years over exactly what power each state has to govern, make laws and create policy. States' rights often come up over issues such as abortion, election law and gun rights. In many states the balance of power has shifted in state government and the debate over states rights and the tenth amendment is heating up. We'll take a look at the history of the tenth amendment and what states' rights really mean. Guests Dr. Scott Huffmon - Assoc. Professor, Political Science at Winthrop University Dr. Mark Kelso - Professor, Political Science at Queen's University of Charlotte Dr. J. Michael Bitzer - Assoc. Professor, History & Political Science at Catawba College Add and read comments