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  • 1. Section 2 – Texas Legislature
  • 2.
    • Bicameral – made up of two houses – House of Representatives and Senate.
      • House has 150 members, representatives that serve 2 year terms
      • Senate has 31 members, senators that serve 4 year terms
    • Requirements to serve as Legislator:
      • Must be resident of their election districts for at least one year
      • At least 21 years old and have been Texas citizens for two years.
      • Senators must be 26 years old and have been citizens for five years.
  • 3.
    • Sessions – period of time where the Texas Congress does most of its work.
      • Usually last 140 days, but governor can call special sessions of the legislature when necessary.
    • Let’s fill out chart on Texas Legislature –
  • 4.
    • Leaders – Speaker of the House
    • Members – 150 Representatives
    • Term of Office – 2 years
    • Power and Duties
      • Makes laws
      • Propose constitutional amendments
      • May bring impeachment charges against and vote to impeach judges and executive officials
  • 5.
    • Leaders – Lieutenant Governor
    • Members – 31Representatives
    • Term of Office – 4 years
    • Power and Duties
      • Makes laws
      • Propose constitutional amendments
      • Must approve all executive appointments
      • May try and convict officials impeached at the House
  • 6.
    • Bill – proposed law
      • Can be proposed by House or Senate
    • Conference Committee – committee works to revise the bill to satisfy both houses.
    • Governor can deal with a bill three ways –
      • Sign the bill (becomes law)
      • Ignores the bill (automatically becomes law in 10 days)
      • Veto the bill (returns to the legislature)
    • Of the thousands of bills proposed each year, only a few become law.
    • Fill out chart on pg. 646