Legislative Policy and Representing the People II

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Legislative Policy and Representing the People II

Finishing how a bill becomes a law and moving on to the Texas Legislative process.

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Texas A&M University
Pols 207 - State & Local Goverment

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POLS 207 1st Edition Lecture 19 Outline of Last Lecture I. Legislative Policy and Representing the People Outline of Current Lecture II. Major vs. Minor Bills III. Texas Legislative Process IV. Models of Representiveness Current Lecture  Major vs. Minor Bills  56% are major bills meaning they have a huge impact on the public.  So, 44% are minor.  Time limit – 140 days for a legislative session in Texas.   Processing of Major Bills  Introduced earlier  More companion bill  More even across committees  More amendments  More likely to die  Later final action   Agenda of Active Bills Texas Legislature  Bills can only be introduced in the first 60 days of the legislative session in Texas o Unless it is an emergency Secrets of the Texas Legislative Process  Not all bills are intended to pass o To show that certain members have controversial issue preferences o Know a bill will fail but it shows the issue stance of candidates  Bills are not independent of each other Bills do not receive equal consideration

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