states' rights

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a doctrine that federal powers should be curtailed and returned to the individual states

the rights conceded to the states by the United States constitution

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It would be one thing for the states rights crowd to take this position if the states had a solid plan for dealing with America's childcare crisis.
Watters' case also raises a constitutional issue, specifically the Tenth Amendment regarding states rights.
As defense attorney in a celebrated Virginia rape case, he recently used states rights to argue before the Supreme Court against the constitutionality of provisions of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act.
The Company has retained United States rights to several of the product lines.
for the United States rights to IQ's proprietary packaging materials as well as beverage processing and filling equipment.
It is beyond the power of Congress, violates states rights and ignores the separation of church and state by giving preferential treatment to religious organizations.