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Unformatted text preview: The Legislature The Legislature Bicameral Senate 31 members more prestigious House of Representatives 150 members equal power Amateurism in Texas Legislature Terms and turnover senate -- 4 year house -- 2 year no term limits Compensation House $7200 plus $125/day for expenses other sources of income Senate $22,000 plus expenses Limited sessions meets every 2 years for 140 days in odd years infrequent sessions result in voluminous pieces of legislation Geographic Districts Elected from single-member districts one member per house district one senator per senate district Districts approximately equal population one person, one vote reapportionment redraw district lines Legislature or Legislative Redistricting Board Redistricting political careers at stake affects policy making for next decade power of ethnic or political minorities neutralized Gerrymandering drawing district lines to give candidates from certain parties, ethnic groups or factions political advantage Gerrymandering Techniques Diffusion to diffuse a concentrated political or ethnic minority so votes within any one district are neutralized If minority members still too high to affect elections in several districts members concentrated in one district influence felt in only one election legislative influence minimal Pairing redistricts two or more incumbent legislators so both are in same district assures defeat of one incumbent candidate to punish legislators who opposed legislative leadership Used to protect the right kind of incumbents those who support legislative leadership those who support agendas of powerful special interests Qualifications for Membership Formal qualifications Senator U.S. citizen registered voter at least 26 years of age lived in Texas for 5 years lived in district 1 year House of Representatives U.S. citizen at least 21 years of age lived in Texas at least 2 years lived in district 1 year Informal qualifications more important than formal includes political, social, economic criteria Party and Race Republican party gained control of Senate since 1996 Democratic party retained control of House 2002 -- Republicans gained control of both chambers not an ideological shift (conservative Democrats) Minimal party opposition to legislative leadership...
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2012 for the course POLS 2306 taught by Professor Bezdek during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.

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