Local, State & Federal Ordinances: Definitions and Differences


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The United States Congress makes federal laws. What are these laws generally known as?

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1. Chicago passes a law that gives police officers the right to search people without cause. The state law says that cities have the right to pass laws without state interference. The federal law says searches may only occur with probable cause. Which statement accurately describes how the courts will rule on searches in the city of Chicago?

2. Counties and municipalities, such as cities and towns, make local laws. What are these laws known as?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The government of the United States is broken down into the categories of federal, state, and local. Each of these groups has its own power to create laws to which specific people must comply. This quiz and worksheet combination will test the knowledge you glean from the lesson by asking questions about the different levels of government and their legal capabilities.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the following terminology:

  • Another term for federal laws
  • Name for laws created by a state legislature
  • Laws created by towns and cities
  • Category for a jaywalking law
  • U.S. Constitution's supremacy clause

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will test your study skills, including:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the differences between laws enacted by the federal, state, and local government
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of the Constitution's supremacy clause
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the category to which a jaywalking law might belong

Additional Learning

Deepen your understanding of this material by reviewing the lesson, Local, State & Federal Ordinances: Definitions and Differences, which will address the following:

  • Federalism
  • United States Congress and federal laws
  • State laws
  • United States Constitution
  • Federal laws and statutes
  • Federal regulations and regulatory agencies