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  • Powers that are reserved for one section of the government to the exclusion of another. In the United States, reserved powers refer to those powers granted to the state governments and are mentioned in the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Under the Tenth Amendment, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” An example of a reserved power would be a state's marriage and divorce laws.

    Reserved powers differ from enumerated and concurrent powers. Enumerated powers are those expressly given to the federal government in the Constitution, for example, the power to declare war. Concurrent powers are those shared between the federal and state governments, ...

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