Notes 3 - 16NOV07 Legislature Politics The legislature can...

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16NOV07 Legislature: Politics The legislature can veto, so can governor. Must be changed to governors liking or it won’t pass. As far as we know, no governor’s veto was overridden until ’91. It has been done 3 times after ‘91: twice for abortion bills with Roemer, once with a funding bill in Edward’s last term. Power struggle b/t legislature and governor. Pre- 1970 Rubber Stamp Governor veto power: whenever they vetoed anything it was never overruled. Governor’s influence on leadership: LT gov. basically ran the legislature The Bicycle: The committee system was weak and the governor could easily exude power. Still remnants: gov. would pack a committee he liked with people he wanted. Judiciary committees, send bills he liked to the committees he wanted so they would pass Legislature had no access to information, governor could control who got info where. Head of chamber may no be member of chamber. Weak resources, little staff, no offices, met in the cafeteria sometimes. Was called a rubber stamp b/c they would just “stamp” anything the governor send to them. Legislative reform Young Turks: riding into the legislature and reforming, wanted to sound cool. The year they were able to get most of their stuff passed was the 1 st year of the 1 st term when Edwards came in. he thought he was going to be such a strong governor he didn’t care if his office was weakened. Late ‘60s/early ‘70s: strengthen official powers. Stronger committees: didn’t let outsider come in and make sure that their bills went to most appreciative committee. Independent leadership: Lt. Gov. was no longer president of the senate; they would elect one of their own. Non-alternating sessions: changed the sessions to give more flexibility in discussing bills. Oversight power: Legislative Fiscal Office, auditor. Resources and facilities: staff is seen as one of the better ones in the U.S. now. They have offices now, much more staff. The Car: traded in the bicycle for the car. The governor still remained really powerful. Never really learned how to drive the car. Since 1970s: little practical change: legislature remained weaker branch. Why? Unintended consequences: no organized resistance, political parties are not strong, easier for governor to get what he or she wants. No political organization: not really going to use power to
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