Exam #2 - Political Science 206 Exam #2 State Legislatures:...

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Political Science 206 Exam #2 State Legislatures: Chapter 8 1. Problems that have effected the state legislature in the past is their lack of ability to make policies and their lack of efficiency. Reforms have tried to make legislatures more efficient in order to cope with the increasing workload some strategies are a. Legislatures should meet full time and offer decent pay b. Legislatures should have better staff and research capabilities c. Constitutional restrictions on legislature should be removed c.i. Pay that is set at a very low price c.ii. Limit on the length sessions c.iii. Put restrictions on state budget-making powers 2. The work of state legislature is organized by using a bicameral system. They also rely on committees to help make decisions on which policies to pass or re-write. There is also a process by which the bills are passed (intro, committee, floor debate, floor vote, final vote and governors signature. The leadership of legislatures is with the speaker of the house at the head and the majority/minority leaders of each party. 3. State legislatures are not known for being representative but their motto is one person = one vote this is the geographic layout of who is being represented by who in the legislature. Even with the one person one vote = some believe that legislatures still aren’t reprehensive of the public Governorship Chapter 9 1. Major Powers of governors includes his roles listed below, provides leadership in the formation, adoption and execution of public policy. These powers have developed over the years the governors now have more power. Governors also have the final say in the legislature with the power to veto. a. Chief of state – performs ceremonial functions b. Legislative agenda setting – veto power, proposals and budget c. Chief Administrator – appoints officials to agencies d. Military Chief – commander in chief of state national guard e. Chief of Party – the most predominate party leader f. Leader of Public opinion – makes public appetencies ex. press conferences
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Exam #2 - Political Science 206 Exam #2 State Legislatures:...

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