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FINAL EXAM Study Guide - Political Science 105 Legislative...

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Political Science 105 Legislative Process Final Exam Study Guide The final is not designed to test knowledge of specific facts, but rather to demonstrate your understanding of the major concepts and questions we have studied so far. Format: The exam will have two parts. The first part will be a series of short answer questions. The second part of the exam will be a medium length essay. The exam will be closed book and closed notes. Please bring a blue book to the exam. Some major concepts/ideas to study for: Bills - One form of Congressional action, bills are pieces of legislation attempting to change public law - House and Senate must agree, then president signs into law. joint resolutions - A joint resolution is distinguished from a bill by the circumstances in which it is generally used. Although no rules stipulate whether a proposed law must be drafted as a bill or a joint resolution, certain traditions are generally followed. A joint resolution is often used when Congress needs to pass legislation to solve a limited or temporary problem. Ex: Constitutional Amendment or War Declaration. Concurrent Resolutions - They concern matters affecting both chambers, such as certain change in congressional procedures, & so must be adopted by both chambers. They sometimes are used to express the “sense of Congress” about certain issues or events. not presented to the President Cloture - a procedure which is intended to bring end debate in the Senate (to force an end to debate); 60 senators to invoke cloture (considered filibuster-proof) aka of senate Filibuster - efforts to hold the Senate floor in order to prevent a vote on a bill. when congressmen talk way to much simply in order to delay a congressional hearing in order to make more time for a bill to pass. congressmen will read the most bullshit things. ex: phonebooks, dictionaries Unanimous Consent Agreements - a situation in the US Senate in which no one present objects to a proposal; Unanimous consent can greatly expedite business by eliminating the need for formal votes on routine procedural questions in which the existence of a consensus is likely. ex. scheduling of bills Since the Senate doesn’t have a Rules Committee, the leaders of both parties routinely negotiate unanimous consent agreements (UCA’s) to arrange for the orderly consideration of legislation. clearer meaning posted on this website (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-unanimous- consent.htm) Rules Committee - Rather than being responsible for a specific area of policy, as most other committees are, it is in charge of determining under what rule other bills will come to the floor. As such, it is one of the most powerful committees, and often described as "an arm of the leadership" and as the "traffic cop of Congress ." A rule is a simple resolution of the House of Representatives, usually reported by the Committee on Rules, to permit the immediate consideration of a legislative measure, notwithstanding the usual order of business, and to
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2011 for the course POL 105 taught by Professor Routh during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.

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FINAL EXAM Study Guide - Political Science 105 Legislative...

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