The Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment

Ninth and Tenth Amendments

What type of law creates a Tenth Amendment issue?

Any time that the federal government passes a law or regulation that requires state or local government officials to administer a federal program, there is an argument that the Tenth Amendment comes into play. The U.S. Supreme Court explained the principle quite bluntly in New York v. United States (1992) that dealt with a federal law imposing requirements on states with respect to the disposal and cost for disposing of radioactive waste: “The Federal Government may not compel the States to enact or administer a federal regulatory program.”


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