Georgia`s Constitution

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Today’s Standard: SS8CG1a
Essential Question: What is the basic
structure of Georgia’s Constitution and how
does it protect the separation of powers?
Enduring Understanding: As a society
increases in complexity and interacts with other
societies, the complexity of the government also
increases.
Georgia’s Constitution
SS8CG1a
Georgia’s Constitution
Main Ideas:
Georgia’s Constitution
Notes:
Georgia was one of the
original 13 colonies, became
the 4th state after the
American Revolution.
Georgia adopted its 1st
constitution in 1777. in
1983, Georgians approved
the state’s 10th
constitution. Even though
there have been several
changes in the text of the
various versions, the purpose
of all of them have been the
same.
Georgia’s Constitution
Main Ideas:
Notes:
Georgia’s Constitution The Preamble
(cont’d.)
(introduction) of the GA
constitution declares: “To
perpetuate the principles of
free government, insure
justice to all, preserve peace,
promote the interest and
happiness of the citizens and
of the family, and transmit to
posterity the enjoyment of
liberty, we the people of
Georgia, relying upon the
protection and guidance of
Almighty God, do ordain and
establish this Constitution”
Georgia’s Constitution
Main Ideas:
Georgia’s
Constitution
(cont’d.)
Notes:
GA’s Constitution states that
any power the government
has, is given to it/them by
the citizens and is for the
good of everyone. People
elected to public office in
state government work for
the people and are
accountable to the voters for
their actions.
Georgia’s Constitution
Main Ideas:
Georgia’s Constitution
(cont’d.)
Notes:
The Constitution of
Georgia also states that
Georgia’s government is
meant to serve the people,
and the constitution allows
the people to change the
government when it fails to
serve their needs. We can do
this by voting for state
officials. Citizens can also
suggest new laws that might
improve the way our state is
governed.
Georgia’s Constitution
Main Ideas:
Georgia’s Constitution
(cont’d.)
Notes:
There are 11 articles in the
1983 constitution. The first
article consists of a Bill of
Rights, 28 paragraphs that
set out the rights of GA’s
citizens. Other articles deal
with the 3 branches of
government, various
boards and commissions,
voting and elections,
education, taxes, county and
local government, and ways
to amend (or change) the
constitution
Georgia’s Constitution
1. How many articles are in Georgia’s
state constitution?
A.
B.
C.
D.
8
11
13
15
2. 2. How many rights are included in the
Georgia Bill of Rights?
A.
B.
C.
D.
10
15
19
28
Georgia’s Constitution
3. According to GA’s Constitution, all government
originates from the_____.
A.
B.
C.
D.
State’s voters
General Assembly
Written constitution
United States Constitution
4. The purpose of the Georgia Constitution is to
______.
A. Ensure freedom, liberty, justice, peace and
happiness for all the citizens of GA.
B. Administer those rights assigned to the states by
the U.S. Constitution.
C. Make laws, enforce laws, and collect revenue for
GA’s citizens.
D. Protect and benefit all the people of Georgia.

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