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Arizona: Constitution, State and Local Government Issues

Describes how the Arizona Constitution affects counties . In conclusion, discuss the enduring impact the people in Arizona have had in determining the overall direction of the state.

Describe the relationship between the State of Arizona and one type of local government. Why is it important for the local government to perform its duties rather than having the state provide those services directly?

Identify and describe one of the controversies surrounding the governance of public schools in Arizona. What is your position on this issue? Is this issue also a controversy in your home state?

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The Constitution and Local Government

State Constitutions are the framework of governance in each State and they are in accordance with and are compatible with the national legal framework that is the US Constitution - the federal legal structure that governs the United States. Arizona's own Constitution is based on it and prior to Arizona's Constitutional approval in 1912, it had to be redrafted and rewritten to comply with and with into the framework of the United States. There are 15 counties in the State of Arizona; each county is a political jurisdiction. Each county is also divided into political districts and each district can encompass a town or a city. Each district is assigned a pair of representatives and a Senator to the State legislature. each town and city has its own set of elected officials from town mayor to the local town and city council with their own structure following that of the state - an executive (Mayor's office), legislative (town council) and judicial body (dependent on the size, the judicial body can belong to the town court, city court or county court). Each town or city has its own special departments that look after varied concerns from city administration, local trade, local building and maintenance work, local welfare and social services or health services too. But, either belonging to a city or a town, all of them fall under the service territory of the county and each county function as a 'mini-state' with its own set of elected county officials but without the usual set up of executive and legislative system.

The county is pretty much the extension of the State government in that it is through the county that all administration and governance matters get rolled out from the varied state offices responsible for particular concerns. County officials like the Sheriff for law enforcement, county judge, county executive, county attorney, county clerk, justices of peace - these are all elected positions and for those vying to hold this positions, they must put themselves out there to urge the county populace to elect them in said positions. As ...

Solution Summary

The solution is a 1,550-word narrative that provides guidance, insight and advise in tackling the number of problems set in the original posting (see above) on the topic of the Arizona Constitution and its effects in counties/county management. It also looks at the say people have in the governance of the state, the relationship and cooperation between local and state government as well as the controversies in the governance of Arizona public schools.

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