July 22, 2010 Constitution Study Group at Faith Armory, 27498 Enterprise Cir. W. #2, Temecula, California
Article I, Sections 1 and 2.
Section 1 - U.S. Congress, grants powers to legislative branch, sets up State Sovereignty.
Section 2 (House of Representatives) - Key Points:
- Representatives shall be chosen every second year; reasoning behind this decision.
- House of Representatives belongs to the people, giving the people representation through the largest branch of the U.S. Legislature.
- Electors (voters) must be qualified to vote; would Founding Fathers approve of requiring ID at polling place?
- Representative must be at least 25 years of age.
- Representative must be minimum 7 year citizen.
- Representative must inhabit State representing when elected.
- 3/5s did not mean the Founding Fathers believed blacks are less than a whole person. . . so why did they use that fraction?
- Enumeration (census) every 10 years, rules by Congress.
- Shall not exceed 1 Representative per every 30,000. . . what does that mean?
- No less than 1 Representative per State.
- Vacancies will be filled with special elections authorized by State governor.
- House chooses Speaker.
- The House of Representatives holding the purse strings is not listed in this section, the authority is listed in Section 7, which will be discussed at a later date.
We will also have a discussion regarding State Sovereignty, and how the idea uses Free Market principles to allow the States to compete against one another.