Legislative Policy and Representing the People I(4 pages)
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Legislative Policy and Representing the People I
Moving onto legislative policy and how this represents the people. How a bill is turned into law etc.
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- Lecture Note
- Texas A&M University
- Pols 207 - State & Local Goverment
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POLS 207 1st Edition Lecture 18 Outline of Current Lecture II. Legislative Branch III. Legislative Apportionment IV. Redistricting V. How a Bill becomes a law Current Lecture Legislative Branch Make statutory laws Amend state constitutions Constituent service Bring government funding to district Representation GEOGRAPHIC o Heterogeneous districts o Homogenous districts NON-GEOGRAPHIC ENTREPRENEURIAL RANDOM SELECTION Legislative Apportionment Equal Population Reynolds v. Sims “legislators represent people, not trees or acres.” Equal number of people in the district BASE=POPULATION RANGE=1% Redistricting State legislatures create districts for themselves and U.S. House Race and ethnicity o Voting Rights Act 1965 o Fracturing o Packing or concentrating Partisan gerrymandering Changing districts lines to gain more votes for your party One Person, One Vote Not everyone is eligible to vote. You must be a registered voter Over the age of 18 Be a citizen of the US –residents cannot vote Felons cannot vote
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