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POLS1301-Congress - CONGRESS Gerrymandering 2 Congresses...

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1 CONGRESS 2 Congresses: lawmaking & representing; Th A i bli i l ti l ti fi d ith The American public is relatively satisfied with Congress in its representative role, but less in legislative role • Requirements ¾ Legal: Age and residency ¾ Social Characteristics: high in educ., income, occupational status 1 Gerrymandering Practice of drawing strangely shaped districts to fulfill pol objectives; fulfill pol. objectives; State legislatures have important role in redistricting for the HR. Reapportionment : re-distributing house seats among states based on population changes. T l i l t Texas legislature: ¾ bicameralism, biennial regular sessions (140 days), 31 Senate, 150 Hrs; handicapped by??? 2 Powers Granted, Delegated, Enumerated powers • Lawmaking: compromise, trade-offs, understanding process Budget Making: any member of the House can initiate bills • Commerce: interstate commerce • Impeachment: a two-stage process (House for impeachment; Senate for removal)
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