Constitutional Law Keyed to Cohenback
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A state legislator was the chairman of a committee that disbursed funds to schools in the state for various projects. The federal government supplied a portion of the funds as part of a federal revenue sharing plan. The legislator was charged with a violation of federal law when he and his committee made a $10,000 grant for textbooks to a private school for whites only. The legislator’s defense is that as chairman of this committee he was acting in the course of his legislative duties, and thus, immune from federal interference.
The best argument that would support the legislator’s constitutional claim is:CorrectIncorrect
A state enacted a sales tax on specified items purchased within the state. A subdivision of the federal government purchased from a dealer in the largest city in the state 100 new automobiles for use by federal agencies operating within the state.
Must the federal government pay the sales tax applicable to the new auto purchase?CorrectIncorrect
Due to a notable increase in prostitution arrests in the state, the state legislature bas enacted new regulations for massage parlors. The new law requires that all workers at any massage parlor or similar business be licensed by the state attorney general.
This requirement is:CorrectIncorrect
The federal government contracted with a number of communications utilities to install fiber optic communication lines between major federal offices across the country. The utilities, which maintained ownership of the lines, contracted with the federal government to install the lines on a “cost plus fixed fee” basis, whereby all installation costs would be reimbursed by the government. One such line was installed in a state’s capital city, where the Department of the Interior maintained its western regional office. The state imposes a tax on the installation of all communication lines in the state, including fiber optic cable lines. It seeks to impose the tax on the line running to the federal office.
Will the state be permitted to impose the tax?CorrectIncorrect
A state passed a law providing that legislative staff members in the state legislature were to receive an hourly wage that was less than the federal minimum wage. A legislative staff member filed suit in federal court challenging this state law.
Which of the following is the strongest argument in support of the staff member’s constitutional challenge?CorrectIncorrect