Timelines
Rights of States

  • 1791
    Bill Of Rights Ratified

  • 1798
    States Pass Resolutions Allowing Them To Void Federal Laws

  • 1819
    Powers Of Federal Government Interpreted Broadly

  • 1871
    States’ Authority Under 10th Amendment Strengthened

  • 1918
    Federal Power To Regulate Interstate Commerce Interpreted Narrowly

  • 1935
    New Deal Legislation Found To Overstep Federal Government’s Authority

  • 1941
    Court Upholds Congress’ Power To Enact Labor Laws

  • 1976
    States’ 'Reserved Powers' Include Right To Regulate Its Employees

  • 1985
    Federal Authority To Regulate Interstate Commerce Surges Again

  • 1988
    Federal Authority Continues To Expand

  • 1995
    Gun-Free School Zones Act Found Unconstitutional

  • 2000
    Violence Against Women Act Ruled To Exceed Congress’ Authority