@IllusiveBrian had a highly voted and (in my opinion) useful comment on this post about maternity leave laws in the US:
I wonder if we need a canonical question explaining the role of the US Federal government for those unfamiliar with how the US Federal-State dichotomy works. I feel like there are a lot of questions like these that mistake the US Federal government as the only government in the US.
This is relevant because there are many states that have (different) versions of maternity leave laws, just nothing passed at the Federal level.
Would it be useful for us to create this canonical question? If so, what would it look like?
We have a recent example of how not to do it: Would it be reasonable to see each US “state” as a country in their own, nowadays? [on hold]. Clearly that one is too broad and also just kinda weirdly worded.
Maybe we should restrict it to the purview of state laws vs federal laws? Something like:
In the US, what is the relationship between federal laws and state laws?
Is there a clear division of responsibility between the kinds of laws that can be passed by state legislatures as compared to the kinds of laws that can be passed by the US Congress?
Do certain kinds of laws "belong" in one place?
Or can they pass anything they want and leave it up to courts to figure it out?
If there is a conflict between laws passed by a state and federal law, which one wins?
Or is that too narrow to be the kind of canonical question @IllusiveBrian was thinking of?
EDIT: So... do the upvotes (without comments or answers) mean you like my proposed question above? Or just that you support the general idea?
In line with the SO "be bold" policy, I shall post this to the main site later today, unless there are objections. I will link to this post in a footnote for context.
I welcome your answers there.
Meta comments still welcome here.