Ohio’s State and Local Governments
The State of Ohio acts within the framework of the U.S. Constitution and extends powers and functions to local governments.
19. As a framework for the state, the Ohio Constitution complements the federal structure of government in the United States.
The government of the State of Ohio fits within the federal structure of government. The Ohio Constitution must be consistent with the basic principles outlined in the U.S. Constitution (Article VI). The Ohio Constitution outlines the powers and functions of state government and provides the context for local government in the state.
Expectations for Learning
Determine how the Ohio Constitution complements the federal structure of government in the United States and compare the structures, powers and relationships between both levels of government as defined in the Constitution of Ohio and the Constitution of the United States.