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Texas Legislature
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Legislative Functions Enacting laws Budgets & taxes Oversee state agencies Educating the Public Represent the People
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Organization & Composition Bicameral 31 state senators 150 state representatives To curb legislative power Pay ($7,200 a yr, $30 per day during session). Sessions 140 days Meets every other year, odd years Governor can call special session Can only meet 30 days No limit to # of special sessions can have
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Requirements Constitutional Provisions TX House of Representatives 2 yr term Qualified voter 21 yrs of age Resident TX 2 yrs Resident of Dist 1 yr TX Senate 4 yr term, staggered Qualified voter 26 yrs of age Resident TX 5 yrs Resident of Dist 1 yr
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ORGANIZATION Chamber Leadership TX House Speaker Elected by members No direct control over floor debate TX Senate Lieutenant Governor Elected statewide Direct control over floor debate
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ORGANIZATION Committee Structure
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Unformatted text preview: • Purpose of Committees • Committee Assignments – Member – Leadership Representative vs. Direct Democracy Representative Democracy Public Elected Officials Public Policy Direct Democracy Public Public Policy Representation • Trustee vs. Delegate vs. Politico • Substantive vs. Descriptive Representation • Trustee – Legislators act in best interest of constituents • Delegate – Legislators mirror views of constituents Representation • Politico – Sometimes Delegates – Sometimes Trustees • When? – Delegates – Trustees Representation • Substantive • Descriptive Membership • Occupations • Gender composition • Race/Ethnic composition Connection to Group Assignment Legislative Process “How a bill becomes a law” Legislature and Policymaking Process • Agenda Building • Formulation • Adoption • Implementation • Evaluation...
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