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7th Grade Vocabulary History Ch. 30 section 1&2

popular sovereignty principle of government that all political power comes from the people
republic government in which authority comes from the people and the power is exercised by elected officials according to set laws
limited government principle of government in which power is limited by set laws, such as those in a constitution
separation of power principle of government in which powers are divided among different government branches
legislative branch branch of government that makes the laws
executive branch branch of government that enforces, or carries out, the laws
judicial branch branch of government in which courts decide legal cases and interpret laws
checks and balances governmental arrangement by which each different branch has the power to check, or restrict, the power of the other branches
veto power exercised by the executive branch of government to reject a law
override legislative power to REVERSE a veto of a bill
federalism system of government that balances powers by distributing them between one central and many regional governments
bill of rights government document that outlines the civil liberties, or individual rights, that a government promises to protect
amendments additions, changes, or corrections to a constitution
bicameral having two legislative houses
sessions period in which the legislative meets
bill proposed law
conference committee a committee in a legislature that works to revise bills to satisfy both houses of the legislature.