The U.S. government’s expansive role in public policy is caught in a swirl of conflicting crosscurrents.

Select a policy or piece of legislation that directly impacts your current or future profession (i.e., your major). In your initial post, identify your profession or future profession, define federalism, and then select a specific piece of legislation (Click here for examples) that will directly impact it. Discuss the federalism challenges that the policy you have selected is creating or facing. For example:

If you are an education major, how are local, state, and federal government policies affected by the Every Student Succeeds Actor some other piece of education-related legislation?

If you are a criminal justice major, how does recent legalization of marijuana in some states affect local, state, and federal marijuana laws?

If you are a business major, how does the insurance mandate in the Affordable Care Act affect local, state, and national businesses and their employees?

If you are a political science major, how has the recent Citizen’s United ruling affected the amount of money available for campaigns at the local, state, or federal levels?

Fully respond to all parts of the prompt and write your response in your own words. Your initial must be at least 300 words. Support your position with at least two of the assigned resources required for this discussion, and/or peer reviewed scholarly sources obtained through the AU Library databases. Please be sure that you demonstrate understanding of these resources, integrate them into your argument, and cite them properly in-text and in a references list at the end of the post.

In this discussion, you will be considering a specific policy or piece of legislation that impacts your current or future profession AND that illustrates how Federalism (state v. national enforcement) comes into play.

Please be sure to critically read and fully address ALL items in the  Write: section of the prompt.

Here are some additional examples you may find beneficial.  Keep in mind, this may also help you on the Week 2 Learning Activity, and on section 2 of the Week 5 Final Paper related to Federalism.

Federalism is covered in chapter 3 of the text book, and within the week 2 guidance videos etc. 

What it is meant by a policy or piece of legislation are specific federal Acts, laws or regulations.  Some additional examples would include:

National Policies (laws or regulations)                  Agency that upholds or enforces                                     

Controlled Substance Act (1970)                               Drug Enforcement Agency                                                

Gun Control Act (1968)                                                  Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

Every Student Succeeds Act (2015)                         U. S. Department of Education                       

Civil Rights Act (1964)                                     U. S. Department of Labor                               

Higher Education Act (1965- reauthorized 2008)   U. S. Department of Education                       

Affordable Care Act (2010)                                           U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (2009)                             U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission