South Dakota v. Dole

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In South Dakota v. Dole the United States Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Congress has the power to withdraw privileges from states in order to motivate them to accept and follow laws in pursuit of the "the general welfare."[1] The case originated after Congress enacted legislation ordering the Secretary of Transportation to withhold five percent of federal highway fund from South Dakota, after the state refused to adopt a 21-year-old minimum drinking age.[2]

Congress' actions were ruled not to have violated the Fourteenth Amendment by a 7-2 vote by the Supreme Court Justices, with Sandra Day O'Connor and Antonin Scalia in the minority.[3]

References

  1. The Oyez Project, South Dakota v. Dole, 483 U.S. 203 (1987),[1]
  2. South Dakota v. Dole - Oral Argument
  3. The Oyez Project, South Dakota v. Dole, 483 U.S. 203 (1987),[2]
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