Garcia v. San Antonio Metro. Transit Auth.

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Garcia v. San Antonio Metro. Transit Auth.
Citation 469 U.S. 528 (1985)
Date decided 1985
Overturned National League of Cities v. Usery


Whether it is possible for the court to determine if a particular government function is integral and whether this test is faithful to the roles of federalism.



The court rejects as unsound in principle and unworkable in practice a rule of state immunity from federal regulation that turns on a judicial appraisal of whether a particular governmental function is “integral” or “traditional”.