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Download Chapter V. Of the Powers Which the Legislative Department May Exercise. (3.3 MB)

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“At the request of the late Judge Cooley I have undertaken the preparation of this edition of the Constitutional Limitations. It seemed desirable, in view of all the circumstances, that the text of the last edition should stand as the text for this, and the work of the present editor has been confined to the bringing of the book down to date, by the addition of such matter to the notes as will fairly present the development of this branch of the law since the publication of the last edition.” --Preface to the Seventh Edition, Victor H. Lane, Ann Arbor, September 1903

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Constitution, Governance, State constitutions, Legislatures, History, England, Freedom of speech, Freedom of the press, Freedom of religion, Bill of Rights, Municipalities, Personal property, Property rights, Statutory interpretation, Constitutional amendments, Constitutional interpretation, Police power, Eminent domain


Civil Rights and Discrimination | Constitutional Law | First Amendment | Fourteenth Amendment | Fourth Amendment | Jurisdiction | Second Amendment | State and Local Government Law | Supreme Court of the United States


"Seventh edition, with large additions, giving the results of the recent cases, by Victor H. Lane, Professor of Law in the University of Michigan."

A Treatise on the Constitutional Limitations Which Rest upon the Legislative Power of the States of the American Union