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October 2014 Policy Study, Number 14-6


Should We Restore Bicameralism?





Many in our [Indiana’s] state and nation have serious concerns with the seeming dysfunction that grips Washington.  They are searching for answers to what appear to be systemic problems.  These problems raise questions that go to the structure of our Constitution.  Overlooked by many is the role of the states within our federalist system.  Our system of dual sovereignty expects states to provide a healthy check upon the federal government just as the federal government checks state government.  Often, members of the Indiana General Assembly and the public raise questions involving the changes that occurred with the passage of the 17th Amendment, which provides for the popular election of United States senators.[1]  This article reviews the history of the changes and attempts to answer questions about the current authority of our state legislature.




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