The professionalization of state legislatures

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The professionalization of state legislatures Full v. part-time legislatures Professionals v. amateurs What do legislatures do? Provide representation o Substantive vs. descriptive Descriptive – what the legislatures look like as a whole. We would expect half to be female. Descriptive is do they look like me? Substantive – do they think like me? Do they represent the ideas? Conservative policies. Those who favor economical policy. Constituent service o Case work – more specific to a certain purpose, whereas constituent service benefits a region or group. Oversight o Ensure governor and executive function properly o Are beurocrats going to do what the laws make them do? Pass laws and create policy Where does legislation come from? How does a bill become a law? Bill is introduced Any member of a chamber may introduce a bill. 60 day rule in Texas – unrestricted on how you introduce a bill within the first 60 days. After the first 60 days, everyone needs 80% of the legislature alongside to introduce the
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