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The 10th Amendment - States' Rights

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The Debating Our Rights series continues at the Putney Public Library on August 28th, 7 p.m., with a focus on States’ Rights. Meg Mott, professor of politics at Marlboro College, will lead a discussion that considers the tension between the powers of the federal government and the states. The Tenth Amendment reserves any power, not delegated to the federal government, to the states. Traditionally, those powers included all matters pertaining to public health, policing, and education. With the rise of the federal administrative state, some of those decisions are now handled by federal agencies. What are the disadvantages when power is more centralized? What are the advantages? Created after the 2016 election, the Debating Our Rights series provides opportunities for neighbors with diverse political viewpoints to debate constitutional issues. Dissent and disagreement is encouraged. “I look for cases that make convincing arguments on both sides of the issue,” explains Mott. “The point of the series is to better understand your opponent’s position.” 

Production Date: 
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 19:00