10th Amendment

Rights Reserved to States or People

Passed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791. The first 10 amendments form the Bill of Rights

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

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Live At America's Town Hall Podcast

Why State Constitutions Matter

Oct 30

Blog Post

On this day, the Supreme Court reinforces the 10th Amendment

Setting a precedent with important implications today, the Supreme Court’s decision from 1997 in Printz v. United States…

Jun 27

Educational Video

The Tenth Amendment

A deep dive into the Tenth Amendment, which states that "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor…

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