supremacy clause


A clause in Article VI of the U.S. Constitution that declares federal laws to have jurisdictional authority over state laws in the event there is conflict between laws established by two governing bodies.

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  • State government officials were frustrated by the federal government's use of the supremacy clause, and the way it prevented them from passing laws they felt necessary.

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  • John was hoping that his bill would be voted into effect, because then it would have power over state and local laws, due to the supremacy clause.

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  • What makes the U.S. government so unique is that it is more centralized through the supremacy clause, however the states have more authority how they run their own affairs.

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