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Each state has its own court system, which includes trial courts, appellate courts, and a supreme court.

Local governments usually borrow when in need of large amounts of money for projects.

Concerned citizens can make effective changes in local government by attending public meetings.
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​to change or improve an amendment

reform ​

​a change or modification


​the amount of money that is spent


the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution

Bill of Rights ​

​the amendment that stresses freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press

First Amendment ​

​the amendment that gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms

​Second Amendment 
the amendment that says that soldiers are not allowed to live in people's homes during times of peace or during times of war except as prescribed by law

​ Third Amendment 

​the amendment that says the government must have a good reason, such as evidence, to conduct a search of someone's personal property

​Fourth Amendment 

​the amendment that says any person defending himself (the defendant) has the right to remain silent and cannot be tried more than once for the same crime

​ Fifth Amendment 

​the amendment that says people have the right to a speedy trial and gives the accused the right to defend himself

​Sixth Amendment 

​the amendment that says the accused has the right to a trial by a jury of his own peers

​Seventh Amendment 

the amendment that prohibits the courts from imposing excessive bails or fines upon the defendant​

​Eight Amendment 
the amendment that protects any right not mentioned in the United States Constitution​

Ninth Amendment ​

​the amendment that says any right not under the Federal Government is automatically under the State Government or given to the people

​Tenth Amendment 

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