The Tenth Amendment means that Congress cannot force a state to pass any regulations or legislation. In other words, we saw in Subject 1 that Congress could not pass a 55 mile per hour speed limit. The Tenth Amendment means Congress also cannot directly compel a state to pass such a limit. Thus, the Tenth Amendment was intended to prevent a strong Federal government from overreaching into areas thought to be the sole domain of each state. This protection from Congressional meddling, however, is not as powerful as it might first appear.


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