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Chapter 11, Lesson 3: State and National Government (pp. 232-239)

I. The State Capital of Mississippi

II. Governing a State

    A. State lawmakers meet in a legislature to pass laws and make decisions about taxes.

    B. Rules lawmakers follow to make laws are found in a constitution.

    C. The state governor suggests ideas for bills, signs bills so they can become laws, and makes sure laws are carried out.

    D. The courts of a state decide if people have broken the law.

III. Governing the Nation
    A. The President is the head of national government.

    B. The President signs new laws, makes sure laws are carried out, and chooses some leaders of departments.

    C. Congress writes and passes new laws for the country.

    D. Congress has the power to declare war, approve agreements with other nations, and suggest how to spend taxes.

    E. The Courts decide if people have broken national laws.

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