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The Legislature and Term Limits July 11, 2007
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The California Legislature Legislative basics Process of professionalization Term limits
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The California Legislature Legislative basics Process of professionalization Term limits
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The CA Legislature Assembly 80 members 2 year terms (limited to 3 terms by Prop. 140) Each represents about 460,000 people Senate 40 members 4 year terms (limited to 2 terms by Prop. 140) Each represents about 920,000 people Highly professionalized
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Types of State Legislatures Highly Professional Moderately Professional Hybrids Moderately Amateur Highly Amateur California Michigan New York PA Alaska Illinois Florida Ohio MA NJ Wisconsin Alabama Arizona Arkansas Colorado Connecticut Delaware Hawaii Iowa Kentucky Louisiana Maryland Minnesota Missouri Nebraska NC Okalahoma Oregon SC Tennessee Texas Virginia Washington Georgia Idaho Indiana Kansas Maine Mississippi Nevada NM RI Vermont WV Montana NH ND SD Utah Wyoming
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Power in the Legislature Assembly Speaker Assembly Rules Committee President of the Senate (Lt. Governor) President Pro Tempore of the Senate Senate Rules Committee
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Power in the Legislature Assembly Speaker Determines number and titles of all types of committees Establishes schedule for committee meetings Appoints (and removes) all members to committees (except Rules Committee) Appoints all chairs and vice chairs of committees Is the presiding officer during floor debate Assigns members their office space Appoints majority floor leader Appoints members of conference committees
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Power in the Legislature Assembly Rules Committee Executive committee of the Assembly Refers all legislation to committees (used to be the Speaker, but Willie Brown gave this up as a concession to the Republicans who helped elect him as Speaker) Hires and fires all staff Recommends amendments to Assembly rules Responsible for maintenance of Capitol
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Power in the Legislature President of the Senate (Lt. Governor) Presiding officer--really just a ceremonial title as never there Gets to cast a vote only when it would be decisive (i.e., in a 20-20 tie) Tried to get rid of the vote by initiative in 1982 Tried to get rid of the Lt. Governor in 1995 (At. General would have been the number two)
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Power in the Legislature President Pro Tempore of the Senate De facto presiding officer of the Senate Chairs the Senate Rules Committee In 1980, under David Roberti, became the chief fundraiser and lawmaker for the legislative majority in much the same way the Assembly Speaker is/was
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Power in the Legislature Senate Rules Committee Two members nominated by the minority party, two nominated by the majority party, and the President Pro Tempore Appoints and removes members from all committees Appoints and removes all committee chairs Refers bills to committees Proposes changes to Senate rules
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