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Texas legislatures

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Texas legislatures POLS 1337

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This is the notes over what we learned during the 1st week of march on Texas Legislature. This is part 1.
US Govt: Congress,Pres & Crts
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Date Created: 03/06/16
The Texas Legislature Pt #1  Structure o Bicameral with two houses; house of representatives and senate o House of rep has 150 members  New seat added every 50,000 till 150 was reached  Alaska smallest and New Hampshire largest o Senate  31 senate members elected every 4 and 2 years  Alaska has the smallest and Minnesota has the largest  Characteristics o Sessions  Texas legislature meet every 2 years (biennial) for one forty days in odd number years o Salary  Texas legislators least paid; most have other forms of income such as a profession as an attorney and even business people o Requirements for house member  Must be US citizen  21 years of age  Lived in the state for 2 years and in the district which they want to represent for at least 12 months o Requirements for senate  US citizen  Registered voter  26 years of age  Resident for 5 years  At least 12 months as the district resident o Other  Often the representatives don’t completely represent their population  They are often more educated than the people they serve  Gender gaps; only 24% of legislatures are women  Predominantly legislatures are Anglo, have high levels of education and are in good economic standing  Reapportionment and Redistricting Issues o Every 10 years according to the census, the US House of Representatives reapportions seats. o Highly competitive, each interest group tries to gather as many seats as possible o Equality in representation  To resolve inequality LRB was created  LRB consists of the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house, the attorney general, the comptroller of public accounts and commissioner of general land office  Created in 1984 to combat inequality


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