Definition: Denied Powers











Denied Powers

To protect against tyranny, the Founding Fathers denied some powers to both the federal and state governments.

The federal government canít grant titles of nobility, or levy export taxes. They also canít pass ex-post facto laws. This means that if you did something legal on Tuesday, and a law was passed on Thursday against what you were doing, you wouldnít be breaking the law for your Tuesday actions. Finally, there are no Bills of Attainder, which if allowed, could imprison someone without a trial.

States are denied the right to enter into treaties with foreign nations. They also canít print money or tax imports or exports.



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