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Texas Legislature
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Legislative Functions Enacting laws Oversee state agencies Educating the Public Represent the People
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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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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course POL 1133 taught by Professor Esparza during the Spring '08 term at The University of Texas at San Antonio- San Antonio.

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