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Chapter 6 Section 1

A History of West Virginia Government

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How many constitutions has West Virginia had? 2
Who does the West Virginia constitution recognize as the supreme authority? the federal government
Which branch of the government makes up the laws? The legislative branch
According to the West Virginia constitution, who grants the government their power? the people
What two houses of government make up the legislative branch? The House of Delegates and the Senate
Who is the head of the executive branch? the governor
Where does an amendment to the constitution usually begin? the Legislature
What state did West Virginia separate from during the Civil War? (You owe me 20 jumping jacks if you don't know) Virginia
Where was the first capital of West Virginia located? Wheeling
What city became the capital after Wheeling? Charleston
How was the state capitol building in Charleston destroyed TWICE? fire
*What are the 5 basic principles of government?* Federalism, Sovereignty, Limited Government, Separation of Powers, Checks and Balances
How does the principle of "sovereignty" impact West Virginia's government? The people of West Virginia give the government its power.
How does the principle of "Federalism" impact West Virginia's government? Our state constitution recognizes the federal government as the supreme authority.
How does the principle of "limited government" impact West Virginia's government? The government is limited to the powers granted to it by the citizens.
How does the principle of "separation of powers" impact West Virginia's government? The powers of government is divided into three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial.
How does the principle of "checks and balances" impact West Virginia's government? Each branch of government can use it power to promote equality among the branches.
Created by: bhibner