Tenth Amendment By: David Hubble Ray Bundoc Kim Macabalitao
Facts • This amendment is also known as “reserved powers” • States can not relax a federal law but they can make the law more strict (Ex.: drinking age) • Georgia was the last state to adopt to the drinking age of 21
Official Wording The powers not delegated to the United States constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
Amendment meaning The states have the right to make their own laws and regulations as long as the laws do not go against a Federal law such as voting age.
Case against the Tenth • Dakota v. Dole • The court case occurred from withholding highway funds from states that do not uphold the legal drinking age of 21. South Dakota, who’s drinking age was 19, declared their tenth amendment rights to keep the legal age. In turn though, vote went against Dakota and the age limit was changed.
Case for the tenth • Plessy v. Ferguson • Plessy argument in this case was by restricting him to a separate train car, his 14th amendment rights were violated. But according to the state, it had the right of the 10th amendment to make laws that preserved order and public peace.