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GOVT 2306 Week 6 Notes

by: Sarah Westermann

GOVT 2306 Week 6 Notes GOVT 2306

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Lecture on Texas Legislature.
State and Local Government
Kevin Kearn
Class Notes
legislature, Government
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Sarah Westermann on Saturday October 1, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to GOVT 2306 at University of Texas at Dallas taught by Kevin Kearn in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 7 views.


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Date Created: 10/01/16
September 27, 2016  Texas Legislature o Bicameral  2 chambers  Check on democracy  Makes laws and regulations more difficult to pass  Nebraska only state without bicameral state government o House of Representatives  150 members  Serve 2 years  Qualifications  21 years old  U.S. citizen  Qualified voter o Senate  31 members  Serve 4 years  Qualifications  26 years old  U.S. citizen  Qualified voter o Meet every odd numbered year for 140 days  Part-time legislator o Salary: $7,200 a year and $150 a day when in session  Ethics Committee decides salary changes o Common legislators:  Retired people  Business owners  Lawyers o Texas Legislature doesn’t get much done when compared to other states o Special Session  Governor can call for this  Governor sets agenda  Less than 30 days o Revenue Bills  Can only begin in the House (same for US congress) o Local Bills  Only affects country or city o General Bills  Affects the whole state o Special Bills  Exemptions  Commonly used for businesses and corporations o Concurrent Resolution  Agreement between House and Senate o Joint Resolution  Amendments to constitution o Simple Resolution  Congress passes resolution for itself September 29, 2016  Power o Speaker of the House  Most powerful in the House  Gets elected by members of the house  Needs to keep members happy o Lieutenant Governor  Most powerful in the Senate  Elected by citizens  Won’t lose position if colleagues get upset  Has more leeway o Relationship with the lt. governor and speaker of the house very important in Congress  Majority leader, minority leader, and whip o Do not exist in Texas legislature o Partisan roles o Were created to make members vote along party lines o The fact that these don’t exist in the Texas Legislature means that interpersonal relationships are often more important than partisanship  Bill to Law o Introduced => Referral (Speaker) => Standing Committee (subcommittee) (can revise and change a bill; can hold hearings) => Scheduled by Calendars Committee (very powerful, can decide which bills get floor votes) => Floor Vote (can include debate) => [if this is supported] goes to the other chamber of congress (whole process repeated) => [if the bill is supported] committee of both House and Senate is created => Governor votes on it


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