Chapter 23 Review

Chapter 23 Review - Chapter 23 Chapter Review The Texas...

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Chapter 23 Chapter Review The Texas Legislature The Texas legislature is often portrayed as a body of scoundrels and buffoons-and it does have its share. However, it is also a place of exceptional political talent and remarkable courage and eloquence. The legislature is changing, just as Texas is changing-and seemingly for the better. Structure I. How is the Texas legislature organized? What are the constitutional requirements for becoming a member? What is the current membership like? The legislature is a bicameral body with 150 members in the House and 31 members in the Senate. Members of the Texas House represent approximately 157,000 people. Senators represent about 758,000 constituents. Under the Texas Constitution, a Senator must be at least twenty-six years old, a U.S. citizen, a qualified voter, and a resident of the state for five years and the district for one year. A House member must be at least twenty-one years old, a U.S. citizen, a qualified voter, and a resident of the state for two years and the district for one year. Generally, legislators have been white, male, Protestant, college educated, and affluent, and have a professional or business occupation. However, the legislature is become more diverse with more minorities (particularly Hispanics), women, and Republicans. Legislators are paid a salary of $7,200 a year plus a $128 per diem during the regular and special sessions. Sessions of the Legislature
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